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Harbaugh defends Elam's hit on Cobb

Oct. 14, 2013
 

It would appear the Green Bay Packers will be without the services of Randall Cobb for the foreseeable future following the shot he took to his leg in the second quarter of Sunday’s 19-17 win over Baltimore.

The incident, which reportedly caused a broken fibula that will sideline Cobb for six-to-eight weeks, led to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confronting the perpetrator, Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam, after the play and venting his frustrations after the game.

Elam defended his hit near Cobb’s legs, saying it was necessitated by the rules the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell have instituted to eliminate high hits and concussions.

On Monday, his head coach John Harbaugh backed Elam's decision-making on the play.

“To say that it could have been more artistically palatable, is pretty hard for me to understand,” Harbaugh said Monday. “That’s a fast route. They ran a pretty good route there. Aaron made a good, quick throw in there and Matt is doing the best he can to try to stop that play. So I have no idea what he’s talking about.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy mentioned he is hopeful receiver James Jones could be back in action this week after exiting in the first quarter with a leg injury.
-whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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