The Packers' offense received some uplifting news as well as some uneasy news on Sunday. On the good side, wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb returned to practice. They both ran routes and did some conditioning work. Nelson had not practiced since undergoing surgery to correct a nerve issue in his knee on Aug. 5, and Cobb had been out of action for at least 10 days because of a biceps injury. Neither player has played in a preseason game nor are they expected to on Thursday. But both said they feel good and would be playing if it was the regular season.
The small bummer in all of this is that running back DuJuan Harris didn't practice. He suffered what is considered to be a minor knee injury in Friday's game, but head coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that Harris' status is "up in the air."
Harris has become the lead candidate for the job of third-down back in Green Bay. We'll let you know if his injury turns out to be more serious than initially thought. If so, it could open the door once again for rookie Johnathan Franklin .
Cobb's fantasy stock never really moved as he racked up missed practices recently. He's still a WR1. This is much bigger news for Nelson, who is back on the field 20 days following a surgery that was supposed to keep him out for a month or more. I think you can move him back up into the high-end WR2 range.