Any hope that Randall Cobb’s timetable for return from a broken fibula would be less than eight weeks has flown out the window.
The Green Bay Packers placed Cobb on injured reserve with their one designated to return option available to them this season.
By rule, each NFL team can designate one player who can be replaced on the 53-man roster temporarily. Cobb is not eligible to practice for six weeks and not eligible to play for eight.
The earliest Cobb can play next is Week 15 on Dec. 15 against the Dallas Cowboys.
When Cobb is eligible to come off injured reserve, the Packers will have to make room for him on their roster once again.
However, the Packers are not required to bring Cobb back. He could be placed on season-ending injured reserve, such as they did last season with running back Cedric Benson.
In order to add some help at at wide receiver, the Packers promoted Myles White from the practice squad. White seems best suited for the role of slot receiver in the mold of Cobb.
Even with the addition the Packers would still seem to be thin at wide receiver if James Jones doesn’t play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Along with White, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin are the only fully healthy wide receivers on the roster.
The Packers also made it official an earlier report that tight end Jake Stoneburner would be elevated from the practice squad as well. Currently, they have five tight ends and four wide receivers on the active roster.
In order to make room for White and Stoneburner, the Packers also placed offensive lineman Greg Van Roten on season-ending injured reserve. Van Roten injured his foot during practice shortly after the team’s bye week.
Taking one of the of the two spots on the Packers’ practice squad is linebacker Victor Aiyewa, a first-year player that last spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in training camp of 2011.
There’s still one more opening the Packers can fill on their practice squad.