Cobb Injury Fuels Debate over Player Safety

Created: 10/16/2013 10:35 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb
Photo: Courtesy Green Bay Packers

An injury in last week’s Packers-Ravens game has once again fueled the debate over player safety.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb fractured his fibula during a hit and is out for at least six weeks.

The team placed Cobb on injured reserve/designated for return on Tuesday. The designation requires a player to miss at least six games.

This year, the NFL is encouraging players to hit low in the legs to avoid concussions, but many players are criticizing the advice, saying leg injuries can end careers and that they would rather suffer a concussion.

More than 4,500 former players have sued the NFL since 2011 saying the league has ignored the link between head trauma and brain disease.