It appears the Green Bay Packers finally caught a break this preseason.
An MRI performed Sunday on receiver Randall Cobb's injured shoulder revealed a sprain of his AC joint, according to NFL Network. As ESPN.com first reported, the Packers are optimistic Cobb could possibly return in time for their regular-season opener in Chicago on Sept. 13.
The Packers were holding their collective breath after Cobb came down awkwardly on his right shoulder on the third play of Saturday's 39-26 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was taken to the locker room and later returned to the sideline in the second half with his right arm fixed to the front pouch of his sweatshirt.
Cobb said after the game he feared a collarbone injury at first, but initial tests calmed those concerns. The long-term loss of the 5-foot-10, 192-pound receiver could have spelled disaster for an offense that already has lost Jordy Nelson for the season due a torn anterior cruciate ligament he sustained last Sunday against Pittsburgh.
"I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground and I had a guy land on top of me," Cobb said after the game. "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."
Cobb, 25, is coming off his first Pro Bowl season after catching 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. He re-signed with the Packers in March after agreeing to a four-year, $40 million contract.
The Packers also watched starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and defensive back Micah Hyde (neck spasms) leave the game with injuries and not return. However, coach Mike McCarthy gave no indication in his post-game news conference that either injury is considered significant.
More updates on Cobb's status likely will come Tuesday when the Packers conduct their final preseason practice prior to Thursday's finale against New Orleans. It was unlikely Cobb was going to play against the Saints anyway after sitting out last year's final exhibition game against Kansas City.
"It's been very unfortunate these few weeks for us," Cobb said. "At least there's a silver lining in this injury."
Vikings release Bostick: Tight end Brandon Bostick, whose misplay on an onside kick helped the Seahawks rally to beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game last season, was released Sunday by the Vikings. NFL teams must reduce their rosters from 90 players to 75 by 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
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