Green Bay Packers WRs Randall Cobb, Marquez Valdes-Scantling return to practice

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It is possible that most of Rodgers' receivers will be back in time for the playoffs. Two of the Packers' key players, Randall Cobb and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, returned to practice on Thursday.

During the portion of practice open to reporters, which appeared to be close to full speed, Cobb ran routes at what appeared to be close to full speed after having core muscle surgery a little more than a month ago.

The Vikings will play at Lambeau Field on Sunday. It could be another week before he returns to game action. Back players who have been designated to return from injured reserve are usually given more time to recuperate. Jaire Alexander was added to the 53-man roster this week from injured reserve but is not expected to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

In the first half against the Los Angeles Rams, Cobb had four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, and he was in the midst of his best game of the season. He had surgery after the Packers' bye week. At the time of his injury, he was third on the team in catches, second in receiving yards and tied for the lead in touchdown.

One of Rodgers' security blankets on third down was Cobb, who returned to the Packers this past summer after two seasons away. Twelve of the catches have been converted to first downs.

Valdes-Scantling is second on the team in receiving yards and averages a team-high 17.1 yards per catch.

Adams has 106 catches for 1,362 yards and 10 touchdown for the Packers.