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Packers’ Randall Cobb expected to return vs. 49ers in Divisional Round after five-game injury absence

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Packers coach Matt LaFleur is expecting to have receiver Randall Cobb back on the field for Saturday’s divisional round game against the 49ers. Cobb has not played since reportedly undergoing core muscle surgery after getting injured during the Packers’ Week 12 win over the Rams

A 2014 Pro Bowler, Cobb caught 28 of 39 targets for 375 yards and five touchdowns this season. Cobb, who played for the Packers from 2011-18, returned to Green Bay this season after spending the 2019 season with the Cowboys and the 2020 season with the Texans

Prior to his injury, Cobb had provided quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a familiar and reliable target in the slot that allowed Davante Adams to make more plays on the outside. 

“There’s a knack to playing in the slot,” Rodgers said following Green Bay’s Week 4 win over Pittsburgh. “To have another guy in there who can get open like that and have the feel that he does just gives us a lot of flexibility in the offense, for sure.”

Allen Lazard’s production has increased since Cobb’s injury. The team’s second-leading receiver during the regular season, Lazard caught five touchdowns during the final five games of the regular season. In the Packers’ final two regular season games, Lazard caught 11 of 12 targets for 147 yards and three touchdowns. 

In other injury news, LaFleur said that practice will determine David Bakhtiari’s availability for Saturday. The three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle made his season debut in Week 18 after being activated off of the team’s reserve/PUP list in November. He has been working his way back from a torn ACL injury that was sustained during practice prior to the Packers’ final game of the 2020 regular season. 

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