GREEN BAY— When Randall Cobb dove at full extension to catch a pass against the Arizona Cardinals in last year's playoffs, the wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers was wearing a microphone. He landed square on his back, punctured a lung and wound up in a Phoenix-area hospital as the Packers' season concluded.
Within a few days of the injury, a theory was posited by both Cobb and the medical staff in Green Bay: Perhaps the battery pack attached to the microphone casued the punctured lung.
"There’s no way of actually proving it but I didn't break or fracture a rib," Cobb said Thursday after an OTA workout. "I’ve said this multiple times. This theory isn’t anything new. It’s something we’ve talked about plenty of times. There’s no way to prove it but there’s no way to disprove it, either. I’ll never be mic’d up again."
The theory originated because of the strange circumstances surrounding the injury. Back in February, Cobb explained on a Milwaukee-based radio show that a fractured rib typically causes a punctured lung. The break in the rib creates a jagged edge, which in turn pokes and punctures the lung.
But in Cobb's case there was no rib injury, which lent further credence to the idea that perhaps the battery pack was the true culprit.
"I felt fine, I got up from the catch and started walking back to the huddle and it got harder and harder for me to breathe," Cobb said on the radio show in February. "Then it felt like I was going to throw up. I was choking. I was choking on something and then next thing I know I was spitting up blood."
Cobb is fully healthy and has taken part in the full off-season program for the Packers. But his days of wearing microphones are officially over.
"Never," Cobb said when asked if he would consider getting mic'd up in the future. "Not a question."
He added: "I’ve never had a problem with it before. Possibly, it was just the way I landed. I landed flush on my back with the battery pack on. You probably won’t land too often like that but unfortunately the one time I did, I had a bad injury from it.
"If we were going on a Super Bowl run and we had that live feed during the game, it’s pretty cool to look back and hear what you’re thinking and hear what you’re talking about. It’s pretty cool in that instance, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk."