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Packers rookie report: Week Eight

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents his weekly report on the Packers' 2011 rookie class.

This week's rookie rundown was as easy to write as one, two three.

— First-round OT Derek Sherrod was activated for the Week Seven victory over Minnesota but did not play.

— Second-round WR-RS Randall Cobb couldn't have had a more up-and-down day in the same game. The bad news was that he fumbled a fair-catch attempt and dropped a wide-open pass at the Minnesota 21-yard line in a key 3rd-and-long situation. The good news is that Cobb got his act back together with a 42-yard punt return that helped set up the Packers' second touchdown of the game, and he also added a 31-yard kickoff return.

— Third-round RB Alex Green's Week Seven outing was a total downer, as he suffered a season-ending left knee injury on a first-quarter kickoff, ending any plans the Packers might have had to use him as a secret weapon the rest of the season. 

As had been the case in just about every game, Cobb was the only Green Bay rookie with any numbers really worth reporting in Week Seven at the Metrodome. He had one catch for seven yards, one run for one yard, three kickoff returns for 71 yards and two punt returns for 42 yards.

Green, as it turns out, doesn't have much to show for his rookie campaign. He heads for the sideline having played in four games, with only three carries for 11 yards and one catch for six yards.

Getting back to the Week Seven game, three other rookies — fifth-round TE D.J. Williams, sixth-round ILB D.J. Smith and seventh-round TE Ryan Taylor — each registered one special-teams tackle.

Fourth-round CB Davon House and undrafted rookie OLB Vic So'oto dressed for the Vikings game but did not crack the stat sheet.

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