Keenan Cobb, Packers’ top wide receiver, likely out for the season

Keenan Cobb is scheduled to have surgery on Friday, but the wide receiver may be out “for a while” and the team hopes he’ll be able to return to action in January, according to a report by the Wisconsin State Journal .

According to Cobb’s agent, the former Packers wide receiver suffered a grade 3 core injury on his right foot during practice Wednesday.

Cobb hasn’t practiced since. He was recently named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

The team’s rookie wide receiver, Equanimeous St. Brown, was elevated to Cobb’s spot on the team’s depth chart Wednesday.

He’s had a brief taste of the league this season. St. Brown, whom the Packers drafted in the fifth round out of Notre Dame, made his NFL debut last week against the Chicago Bears. He had one catch for 9 yards.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Thursday that he was optimistic about the speedy St. Brown’s prospects.

“I’ve just been talking to him, telling him, ‘Look, there’s no reason to feel any added pressure,’ ” McCarthy said. “I mean, we want to put him in a situation where he’s had chances to play. Now, sometimes it’s hard, too, when you get your first ball thrown, like Keenan has, and you see your first 12 or 15 snaps of the game go by. But my response to that has been, ‘Play and play your role.’ ”

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