GREEN BAY, Wis. — Injuries have plagued the Green Bay Packers since the first day of training camp.
On Sunday, they may have suffered their most significant blow yet.
Reggie Cobb is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury after the team placed him on injured reserve/designated for return on Tuesday. The designation requires a player to miss at least six games.
Cobb, a third-year receiver suffered the injury on a low hit by Baltimore’s Matt Elam during the Packers’ 19-17 win on Sunday.
Meanwhile, wide receiver James Jones suffered ligament damage to his knee that is not as serious. The source indicated Jones has a chance to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Bills cut G Brown
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills are making a switch at left guard by releasing starter Colin Brown in a move that opens the door for Doug Legursky.
Brown was cut Tuesday, two days after his season-long struggles continued in a 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati. Brown split playing time with Legursky over the past two weeks before being benched in the second half last weekend.
Coach Doug Marrone expressed unhappiness with Brown’s performance since training camp. Legursky missed the first four games with a knee injury.
The Bills (2-4), who play at Miami (3-2) on Sunday, filled Brown’s roster spot by promoting offensive lineman Mark Asper off their practice squad.
Broncos promote WR King
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos kept rookie wide receiver Tavarres King from joining the Green Bay Packers by promoting him to their active roster Tuesday.
The Packers tried to lure King after Randall Cobb (knee) and James Jones (leg) were injured Sunday at Baltimore.
King, a speedy fifth-round draft pick from Georgia, made an early impression at training camp but faded and didn’t make the final cut. He spent the last six weeks on Denver’s practice squad.
He’ll be the fifth receiver behind Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Bubba Caldwell — sixth if you count tight end Julius Thomas, who has six TD catches.
QB Vick a limited participant
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, but there is no word on his status for Sunday’s game against Dallas.
Vick suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Giants two weeks ago and missed last Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay. He threw passes on Tuesday, did some light jogging, and worked in individual drills for Philadelphia (3-3). But he did the same last week, in preparation for the Buccaneers, only to skip the Eagles’ 31-20 victory.
Should Vick miss Sunday’s home game, which is for first place in the NFC East, Nick Foles would play against the Cowboys (3-3).
The Eagles have won consecutive games after a three-game skid.
Jets sign WR-KR Josh Cribbs
NEW YORK — The New York Jets signed three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver-kick returner Josh Cribbs to help on special teams and add depth to their banged-up receiving corps.
New York also signed wide receiver Greg Salas from Philadelphia’s practice squad Tuesday, and placed wide receiver Clyde Gates and running back Mike Goodson on season-ending injured reserve.
Cribbs, 30, was cut by Oakland in the preseason after having offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is tied with New England’s Leon Washington for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history with eight.
Grand jury likely in death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Prosecutors expect to ask a grand jury to consider more serious charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman said he will review the autopsy and other reports before seeking any new charges against 27-year-old Joseph Robert Patterson.
Sioux Falls police identified the boy as Tyrese Robert Ruffin, who died Friday after being hospitalized with severe head injuries. Earlier, police gave an incorrect surname.
Patterson, the boyfriend of Tyrese’s mother, was charged last week with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Prosecutors are also asking that a suspended sentence be imposed for a previous domestic assault conviction.
Steelers lose two for season
PITTSBURGH — Levi Brown’s season with the Pittsburgh Steelers ended before it even began.
The Steelers placed the offensive tackle on injured reserve Tuesday after Brown tore his triceps during warmups before last Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Pittsburgh acquired Brown last week from the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Mike Tomlin said Brown will need surgery.
The Steelers also put tight end David Johnson on injured reserve with a wrist injury that will also require surgery.
Pittsburgh signed free agent tight end Richard Gordon and promoted cornerback Isaiah Green from the practice squad.
The Steelers activated LB Sean Spence off the physically unable to perform list. Spence hasn’t played since tearing multiple ligaments in his left knee in the final game of the 2012 preseason.