Returning for playoffs, Packers WR Randall Cobb looks for ‘storybook ending’

GREEN BAY – If anyone knows how to make a grand re-entrance, it’s Randall Cobb .

Remember 2013? He missed 10 games with a leg injury and returned for the regular-season finale to catch two TD passes, including the dramatic 48-yarder on fourth-and-8 in the final minute at Soldier Field to win the NFC North.

Or how about 2016? He missed the last two games of the regular season with an ankle injury and was back for the NFC Wild Card game, pulling down a first-half Hail Mary among his three touchdowns and 116 receiving yards to blow out the Giants.

“Unfortunately I’ve dealt with injuries throughout my career, but every time I come back from one something great happens,” Cobb said Thursday. “So hopefully we keep that streak going.”

Well, Cobb is back again, this time in less than two months from core muscle surgery, and just in time for the postseason. He was officially activated from injured reserve Thursday and is expected to play Saturday night against the 49ers in the divisional round.

It’s his first playoff appearance since that 2016 run he helped the Packers make, and just getting another chance has made him all the more grateful.

In his final two campaigns in Green Bay (2017-18) before returning this year, the Packers’ offseason came early. Ditto for his individual seasons in Dallas (2019) and Houston (2020).

He hasn’t enjoyed “watching the playoffs from the couch” year…

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