It’s uncertain whether Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb’s sprained ankle can heal by Sunday — he certainly wasn’t revealing how it felt Monday — but giving it more time to recover was a big reason he was inactive against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cobb tried to play through the injury Dec. 18 at the Chicago Bears, but acknowledged he “obviously” was limited. He had no catches and was targeted only once against the Bears despite playing 51 snaps (84 percent).

“It was just really the fact of just having to tell him no,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “… I think we took a leap there in Chicago, because Randall’s not going to come out of the game. Let’s be honest, you’re going to have to chain him down to keep him off the 46. But hopefully, we can get him ready for Detroit.”

Cobb wouldn’t discuss how his ankle feels, saying only that each day he's trying to figure out what he can and can’t do on it.