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McCarthy says Randall Cobb will remain as kick returner

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Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb (18) celebrates with Greg Jennings and D.J. Williams after Cobb caught a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) (The Associated Press)

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says leading receiver Randall Cobb is too valuable to take off of kick returns for safety reasons.

McCarthy says Monday that if Cobb is healthy, he will be the Packers' full-time punt and kick returner, even in the wake of the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's 55-7 rout of the Tennessee Titans.

Cobb was injured when tackled by Tennessee's Tracy Wilson while returning a punt with 8:38 left in the third quarter - a game in which Cobb set the franchise single-season record for all-purpose yardage. On his previous two punt returns, Cobb had gained 14 and 17 yards.

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