Former UK receiver Randall Cobb sprains AC joint



By Derek Terry

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Former UK standout and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb avoided a major scare on Saturday after leaving the Packers preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a shoulder injury.

Initial reports feared that Cobb had a broken collarbone, but the Packers announced on Sunday afternoon that an MRI showed that Cobb only had an AC joint sprain.

“I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of me,” Cobb told Rob Demovsky of “I was just jogging off the field at the end of the series, and I could feel the pain. I didn’t know exactly what it was. It was discomfort, and I let Doc check it out and we went back and got X-rays. It’s not what we think it could’ve been.”

The news of Cobb’s injury was more unnerving after the Packers announced that Jordy Nelson, the teams leading receiver from a year ago, will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL in last week’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“It’s been very unfortunate these few weeks for us,” Cobb told “At least there’s a silver lining in this injury.”

Cobb, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal in March to stay with the Packers, is coming off a Pro Bowl season where he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. There’s no timetable for Cobb’s return and he is unsure if he will be ready for the Packers season opener on Sept. 13, according to

Cobb was among the most versatile players to ever play at UK. In his freshman season, Cobb started four games at wide receiver and also four games at quarterback, earning All SEC Freshman team honors and helping lead UK to a 7-6 record. He went on to earn All SEC First Team honors in 2009 and 2010.

The Alcoa, Tenn., native finished his UK career with 13 receiving touchdowns, 22 rushing touchdowns, five passing touchdowns, and two punt returns for a touchdown. The Packers drafted Cobb in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.