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Cobb, Lacy back at Packers practice Friday

The Packers travel to Chicago to play the Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.  Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two injured Packers were back on the practice field two days before the team takes on Chicago to decide the NFC North Division.

On Friday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said running back Eddie Lacy was "kept on a short rep count" at practice. Lacy injured his ankle late in the Packers 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. McCarthy said he was confident Lacy would be ready to go.

McCarthy said there was a bigger workload for wide receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb has been sidelined since October 13, when he hurt his leg during the Packers 19-17 win at Baltimore. He was eventually put on injured reserve, but designated to return. Cobb will be evaluated on Saturday. McCarthy said Cobb has done some good things at practice during the week. "He's got fresh legs," McCarthy said.

McCarthy did not have a timetable on when linebacker Clay Matthews may return from his thumb injury. McCarthy says Matthews has had surgery. Matthews ended up with the injury while sacking Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Sunday.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers took part in the full team practice on Friday. Although he's listed as "probable," McCarthy confirmed on Thursday that the team was preparing for Chicago with Rodgers as the starting quarterback. "The decision's been made," McCarthy told reporters Friday. "Obviously, it was a thorough one." He says the team has had to adjust some things to account for a change in the quarterback position as the week has gone on, but McCarthy says he feels like the team is ready to go.

"This is a game we have to have. We're looking at it as a playoff game, obviously."


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