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Packers rookie report: Week 12

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

Well what do you know? For the first time this season, second-round WR-RS Randall Cobb did not steal the show from his fellow rookies in Green Bay's Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions. Both sixth-round ILB D.J. Smith and undrafted rookie RB Brandon Saine provided an impact at least on a par with Cobb, who had 23 snaps as a receiver in addition to his usual kick-return duties.

Smith did an excellent job in place of starter Desmond Bishop, who left the game at the end of the first quarter with a calf injury. On his first snap, the hard-charging Smith powered by Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew to tackle RB Kevin Smith for no gain. For the day, he had five tackles. On special teams, Smith made his mark with a punishing second-quarter tackle of KR Stefan Logan that likely will win him applause in the film room this week.

In his first sustained action, Saine, a practice-squad member until three weeks ago, ran very physically with excellent burst. He had two carries for 10 yards and caught a nine-yard pass.

Cobb had two catches for 21 yards. He also had one punt return for minus-two yards and two kickoff returns for 45 yards.

Looking ahead to the next game, with both OLT Chad Clifton and ORG Josh Sitton expected to be out with injuries, both first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod and undrafted rookie Ray Dominguez might be thrown more into the mix on the offensive line.

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