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Pack­ers will wait to see how Cobb feels

Green Bay — Ran­dall Cobb was a late ad­di­tion to the Green Bay Pack­ers’ in­jury re­port last week, ap­pear­ing as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant af­ter Thurs­day’s prac­tice and the club es­ti­mated he would not have prac­ticed Fri­day.

Con­sid­ered ques­tion­able to play Sun­day against Buf­falo with a ham­string in­jury, Cobb was in­ac­tive. On Mon­day he re­vealed that the de­ci­sion wasn’t made as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

“I wouldn’t have been able to play this week,” he said. “As much as I would’ve wanted to, I couldn’t be out there run­ning at full speed. So it’s no rea­son to take that risk.”

Cobb said the ham­string has im­proved the last few days, but a more de­fin­i­tive eval­u­a­tion will come mid­week.

“Hope­fully we’ll see where he is on Wed­nes­day, see how he moves around,” Pack­ers coach Mike Mc­Carthy said.

En­ter­ing Sun­day’s game, Cobb was sec­ond on the team in re­cep­tions (17) and yards per catch (11.5) and third in yards.

Rookie Mar­quez Valdes-Scantling started in Cobb’s place, but had just one catch on three tar­gets.

“We’re very close,” Cobb said. “Watch­ing the film, we are re­ally close. We’re do­ing some re­ally good things on film. We just gotta put the whole pack­age to­gether. We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties we missed on.

“I thought re­ceivers ran some great routes. Aaron (Rodgers) made some great throws. We gotta col­lec­tively do a bet­ter job, all to­gether.”

Moore ready for more

While Valdes-Scantling earned his first start Sun­day, fourth-round pick

J’Mon Moore was ac­tive for the first time in the reg­u­lar sea­son, and he saw the field for 11 snaps against the Bills.

“Prac­tices have been go­ing well,” Moore said. “I’m just hav­ing to get their trust in that play­book. That’s where I’ve strug­gled at. I’ve not re­ally been too de­tailed in some of the stuff; how they like things done. So it kind of slowed me down with get­ting on the field. You gotta know what you’re do­ing first be­fore you get out there.

“I’ve been able to prove to them that I know what I’m do­ing and I saw the field a lit­tle bit this week. I got a cou­ple plays out there. It’s a process. I trust the process, trust the strug­gle, and I’ll be out there.”

Through the first three weeks, Valdes-Scantling has been ac­tive ev­ery week and sixth-round pick Equanime

ous St. Brown was ac­tive against Chicago and again Sun­day.

Moore had mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties in train­ing camp to earn a role within the of­fense, and he fin­ished the pre­sea­son with nine re­cep­tions of 17 tar­gets for 102 yards. But, he feels he has made strides since.

And with Cobb nurs­ing a ham­string in­jury and Geron­imo Al­li­son in con­cus­sion pro­to­col to start the week, Moore might see an in­creased role in Detroit.

“Shoot, if you ask me, my num­ber should be get­ting called a lit­tle bit more than what it is,” Moore said. “But it is what it is. I plan on mak­ing the best out of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I can get, so I can show these peo­ple here what’s up. I just feel like it should be get­ting called. But, you know, if I get chance, I gotta prove that. And it will be. That’s how I feel about it. Those two are good play­ers, they’ll be fine and they’re go­ing to re­hab and do what it is they got to do to be on the field but I mean, when I get my shot, when they give me my chance, I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to do what I gotta do.”

Brown sa­vors de­but

On Satur­day, Tony Brown was pro­moted off the prac­tice squad to the Pack­ers’ 53-man ros­ter when the club placed de­fen­sive line­man Muhammed

Wilk­er­son on in­jured re­serve. On Sun­day, he made his NFL de­but as a mem­ber of the ac­tive 46.

The rookie out of Alabama played three de­fen­sive snaps at the end of the game and played 12 on spe­cial teams, and he took it all in.

“It’s beau­ti­ful out here,” Brown said. “I’m blessed to come to an or­ga­ni­za­tion like Green Bay, who has the best fans in the coun­try.”

Brown has been on the prac­tice squad since Sept. 3, sign­ing af­ter the fi­nal ros­ter cut downs. He had gone un­drafted out of Alabama and spent all of train­ing camp with the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers be­fore be­ing cut Sept. 1.

The 6-foot, 199-pound cor­ner ran a 4.35-sec­ond 40-yard dash at the NFL scout­ing com­bine. He had 51 tack­les, seven passes de­fensed and three in­ter­cep­tions in three sea­sons for the Crim­son Tide, but was a spe­cial teams stal­wart for Nick Sa­ban’s team.

“Lead­ing up to the game, it didn’t re­ally reg­is­ter,” Brown said of his de­but. “When I was out there, when I was ac­tu­ally on the field at Lam­beau, I seen the fans and the uni­form. Just now, I’m feel­ing it now. I called my mom. I get to keep my first jer­sey and uni­form from my first NFL game. Man, it’s a huge bless­ing. I’m not go­ing to let them take me off there.”

Martinez re­al­izes he lost his cool

Blake Martinez thought he forced a turnover, but af­ter tak­ing some body blows, hands to his face and some name-call­ing, the third-year line­backer lost his cool.

With just over two min­utes to go in the first half, Martinez and a pile of play­ers sur­rounded Bills quar­ter­back Josh

Allen at his own 26-yard line af­ter he scram­bled.

As the pile moved, Martinez wres­tled the ball away. He in­sisted he never

heard a whis­tle to in­di­cate Allen’s for­ward progress had stopped.

When every­one un­tan­gled, Martinez re­moved his hel­met and be­gan yelling and he was flagged for un­sports­man­like con­duct and ex­tended the Bills' drive.

“Ba­si­cally when Clay ( Matthews) hit him I got in there, stripped the ball out and had the ball for prob­a­bly five sec­onds dur­ing that tackle and I was try­ing to get out of the pile,” Martinez re­called. “The next thing you know, I’m get­ting jabbed on my sides and I’m get­ting my hel­met pulled and all of a sud­den I get out and my hel­met is up here.

"Nor­mally, if I wasn’t mad, I’d just take my hel­met off, fix it, put it back on. But ob­vi­ously I was mad in that sense and names were be­ing called. Things were be­ing said. I don’t want to re­peat them. I pulled my hel­met off ex­tremely en­er­getic, to say the least. It hap­pened. At that point, I knew what I did wrong and ob­vi­ously I won’t al­low that to hap­pen again.”

As all that was hap­pen­ing, cor­ner­back Jaire Alexan­der pushed Allen to the ground.

“He said some­thing to me,” Alexan­der said. “And then he’s go­ing to give me an el­bow. I was like, oh nah. Quar­ter­back? I don’t care. So I had to do what I had to do. He did a good act­ing job. He sold it. But at the end of the day he was on the ground, so that’s all I care about.”

In­jury up­date

Alexan­der left the game early with a groin in­jury, but he could be seen sprint­ing out onto the field to cel­e­brate with team­mates af­ter they made stops and he jogged back into the locker room.

“I’m feel­ing fine,” Alexan­der said. “I’ll be bet­ter by the time we prac­tice for sure. Just tak­ing pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.”

Al­li­son took a hel­met-to-hel­met hit from Buf­falo cor­ner Taron John­son near the end of the third quar­ter. He was taken to the locker room to be eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion.

Quick fix

The Pack­ers found the per­fect treat­ment for their ail­ing pass rush: play­ing a rookie quar­ter­back at home.

Not just any rookie quar­ter­back, ei­ther. A rookie that has been sacked re­peat­edly through the sea­son’s first four games. The Pack­ers sacked Allen seven times Sun­day, which sounds like a lot.

Un­til you see the Charg­ers sacked Allen five times two weeks ago. And the Vik­ings sacked Allen three times last week – with­out Ever­son Grif­fen. Even though he didn't start in the Bills' opener vs. the Ravens, Allen was sacked three times on 15 pass at­tempts.

Still, seven sacks is sig­nif­i­cant. The Pack­ers had six sacks in their first three games. Only four NFL teams had fewer.

Most sur­pris­ing, backup out­side line­backer Kyler Fack­rell had a ca­reer- high three sacks.

Fack­rell, a third-round pick in 2016, had three sacks all last sea­son. Be­fore Sun­day, he had five sacks in his ca­reer. Af­ter­ward, Fack­rell tried to re­call the last time he had three sacks in a game.

“Shoot,” he said, “maybe never. Yeah, it helps at the end there when you know they’re go­ing to pass and you can kind of just tee off.”

Jer­maine White­head had one sack – and al­most an­other – while un­blocked blitz­ing from the slot. It wasn’t a sack, but in­side line­backer An­to­nio Morri

son hit Allen as he passed down­field to run­ning back LeSean McCoy, who was sin­gle covered on the perime­ter by Martinez. Then there was Matthews. Af­ter hav­ing a sack wiped out be­cause of a ques­tion­able rough­ing-the-passer pen- alty last week, Matthews com­bined with Nick Perry for a half sack. This time, there was no flag.

Price stays put

Be­fore the game against the Bills, the Pack­ers at­tempted to sign de­fen­sive tackle Brian Price away from the Cleve­land prac­tice squad last Tues­day. Ac­cord­ing to a league source, the Pack­ers wanted to add Price to their 53-man ros­ter but he elected to stay in Cleve­land. To keep him, the Browns agreed to pay Price the pro­rated league min­i­mum while keep­ing him on the prac­tice squad. Price came into the NFL in 2016 when the Pack­ers signed him as an un­drafted free agent out of Uni­ver­sity of Texas-San An­to­nio.

GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

Pack­ers wide re­ceiver Ran­dall Cobb said he could not run at full speed last week so there was no rea­son to try to play.

MIKE DE SISTI / JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

Pack­ers line­backer Blake Martinez is held back by team­mate Kenny Clark af­ter a scuf­fle that re­sulted in a penalty for Martinez.

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