Kevin King back at practice, plans to play vs Bears

The veteran cornerback missed a significant amount of training camp with a hamstring injury. 

Kevin King was back at practice today as the Packers prepare to take on the Chicago Bears in the season opener on Thursday night. The veteran cornerback had missed a significant amount of training camp with a hamstring injury. 

After practice, King told reporters that he plans on playing Thursday night.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 01, 2019 at 05:20 pm

Did he pull a hammy or a groin?

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stockholder's picture

September 01, 2019 at 05:26 pm

Very Good News. Hope he does well.

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Duke Divine's picture

September 03, 2019 at 02:07 pm

Hope he plays a couple quarters this year!

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Johnblood27's picture

September 01, 2019 at 05:33 pm

At least his vocal cords aren't injured.

He always talks a good game.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 02, 2019 at 12:11 am

True!

Look, I see that the thumb-down crowd is out in full force against any critics. But King doesn't deserve any benefit of the doubt just as Josh Jones didn't.

King hasn't proven a damn thing. In 2 seasons. While the jury may still be out, the honus is on him 100%.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 02, 2019 at 05:22 am

Kevin King has same injury history with Packers as Aaron Jones has and better than Aaron Rodgers when we are talking last 2 seasons. Imagine...

Just you do not like Kevin King because of TJ Watt and you can not overcome that!

When Kevin King is in the game he is shutdown corner (even Julio Jones did nothing playing against Kevin King!) and you are so good scouts that you can tell us he is bust?

You two must have a lot of offers to become head scouts of numerous teams in NFL...

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Cubbygold's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:02 am

You're giving him a pass because rodgers broke a collar bone? Ridiculous

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:27 am

King deserves to be allowed to play and show what he can do. He has never been a malign presence or a faker of injuries so just let him perform.

You don’t know his physical prognosis and nor do I, So there is no wisdom in just harping in about things. If anything it just sounds largely like you just want to be right about something that helps nobody even if you are.

If he is healthy our roster is better. Time will tell how much and how long. In the meantime, let’s move on.

The Josh Jones comment is just so silly. Jones couldn’t play when on the field and perhaps wouldn’t play later. That’s a legitimate thing to go after. King has never been remotely in that category. If King is healthy, I don’t have an issue with his play. As he is healthy, let’s just hope he stays that way.

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Since '61's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:01 am

Good post Coldworld. I've never understood why fans get upset with players who are injured. When King has been healthy and has played our defense has been better. I doubt that he or any other player wants to be injured and unavailable to play. Thanks, Since '61

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greengold's picture

September 02, 2019 at 04:10 pm

Could not have said it better myself. Nice.

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GVPacker's picture

September 02, 2019 at 11:06 am

Eddie Lee The truth hurts doesn't it?

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Old School's picture

September 01, 2019 at 05:40 pm

Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:08 am

Always with all players. A new career is always potentially one hit away.

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johngalt's picture

September 01, 2019 at 06:18 pm

Should hang one of those big red tackle donuts around him. Better yet- stack them like 4 high.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 01, 2019 at 08:02 pm

John,
Funny!

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ricky's picture

September 01, 2019 at 09:02 pm

Who is John Galt?

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Spock's picture

September 02, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Nice,Ricky! I came across a reference to John Galt the other day in a list that included the Scarlet Pimpernel. I was curious as I hadn't realized our CHTV commentor here was using a name from a book. When I goggled it I found that, "Who is John Galt?" was a comment used throughout a novel and, in it's day, as famousa saying as the modern day, "I thought you were dead." for our commentor Snake Plisken. I suspect the person who disliked this comment didn't get the reference. :)

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PatrickGB's picture

September 01, 2019 at 06:21 pm

Cynicism abounds here. And I understand it. But I ,for one, think that it’s good news.

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Qoojo's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:19 pm

When I watched the video, I laughed when i realized that even though he has been on the team for two years, I didn't really know his number.

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dobber's picture

September 02, 2019 at 06:26 am

Pro sports is littered with stories of players who struggle with injuries early on, but get past it and have good, solid careers. Unfortunately, there are a lot more stories of guys who can't stay healthy and wash out.

Here's hoping that the former fits here because the Packers defense is better when King is on the field.

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carlos's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:03 am

You are right Dobber. We don’t realize or see or feel how football is so physical. A game that can be violent in nature. Yes, the new rules do protect players, but injuries effect so many careers. Just hoping the Packers aren’t devastated by injuries like some years. The healthy teams up the odds to get into the playoffs. Once there anything can happen. Go Pack.

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:30 am

Some players and people go through a period in their physical development when they are just seemingly injury prone. While for some it’s permanent, for many it is passing. Only sure thing is that none of us here have a clue really.

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dobber's picture

September 02, 2019 at 12:56 pm

"Only sure thing is that none of us here have a clue really."

I embrace my inner cluelessness!

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Holecrap's picture

September 01, 2019 at 06:33 pm

I expect nothing from him, thus i wont be disappointed when he meats my expectations. Another Ted t flop.

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sam1's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:47 pm

MEATS?

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dobber's picture

September 01, 2019 at 08:55 pm

If it's good enough for Arby's, it's good enough for me.

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GVPacker's picture

September 02, 2019 at 11:09 am

Try The Impossible Whopper No Meat!

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Spock's picture

September 02, 2019 at 12:34 pm

... or just eat real meat, lol.

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Thebearsstillsuck's picture

September 01, 2019 at 06:42 pm

How is Kevin King a veteran CB. He's played less than a full season. If anything, hes a veteran on IR.

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Coach JV's picture

September 01, 2019 at 06:46 pm

Word...

I don't think he's played enough to be considered a "veteran"... he's just a cornerback. And nothing special.

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Springer's picture

September 01, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Tramon is the only CB with more time around the organization. King is a veteran in this group.

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Jaypack's picture

September 01, 2019 at 06:50 pm

This is great news! Look out Bears.

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Coach JV's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:02 pm

In other news... King just pulled a hammy reading this article.... expected to miss 10 weeks. Packers Faithful sure hope he can make it back for a playoff run. Everyone says he's good. Nobody has seen him play....

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:32 am

I am so glad you were never a coach to me. Pathetic for one who is, or hopefully was, to have this kind of attitude.

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Coach JV's picture

September 02, 2019 at 01:34 pm

If I were your coach, youd know how to mind your own business and not attack a person who has not attacked you on this board. I never said a word to you, or about you. I simply stated my correct opinion of King...

You chose to take this to a personal attack... If I were your coach, you'd do mountain climbers till you puke for that.

And NO... you DON'T get a participation trophy for it... LOL

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greengold's picture

September 04, 2019 at 01:38 pm

I wouldn't want you for a coach either.

Kevin King has played in 15 games for the Packers, a little less than half of those with injuries to his groin and hamstring. 1 INT, 7 PD, 1 FR, 2 TFL 44 tackles. King is also incredibly difficult to score on in the red zone.

The guy is tougher than many know, and, hell, you haven't seen him play? What kind of fan are you?

King first tore his labrum as a Freshman at U Washington. He played all 4 years with that injury, having surgery to repair it prior to the draft. He then tore the other one as a rookie. In 4 seasons with the Huskies he had 6 iNT and 22 PD, 164 tackles. 9.5 TFL. 2 FF. 2 FR. The player is unafraid as a tackler. Great ball skills. All hustle. King played Safety, Nickel & CB. He's great covering the slot, at 6-3 200 4.43 with a 39.5" vertical.

Add to this, he is a fantastic, upstanding, intelligent, young gentleman. Try reading about him sometime.

Give Kevin King a break from your childish, ignorant, unnecessary jabs, and try supporting him for a change. He could prove to be a very important player for the Packers. Why diss him for reasons out of his control?

I can't wait for Kevin King to show you and all the rest throwing that incessant kind of garbage you just threw how truly pathetic your digs are. Being a coach you should know better.

You're a Packers fan? Why would you say that about a Packers player so important to the success of this team, and such a great, well rounded guy trying to make up for lost time? Makes zero sense to me...

You brought that upon yourself man.

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Pierre's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:09 pm

Alright Kevin...lets take a pick to the house for 6 against da’Bears!

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:28 pm

Stay healthy Kevin.

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AgrippaLII's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:43 pm

Hope he is ready. The Bear's are going to test him early and often on Thursday night!

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Thebearsstillsuck's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:06 am

I believe that they will test him early. I fully expect him to be gone by the second quarter so I don't think they will test him often

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:37 am

I’m still wondering how much he will play and if Brown won’t start. Either way, they will be testing one of them. Not sure it’s the biggest test a Packers DB will face this year though.

PS, sorry, posted before I got to LP’s post below

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4thand10's picture

September 02, 2019 at 10:02 pm

Test him with what exactly? Mitch’s great accuracy? No Jordan Howard...

This is going to be against the smiths, Amos, Alexander, King and maybe a little tramon Williams and Savage. Bears defense is good, not going to lie BUT Mitch is going to be throwing some picks this game.

I’m hoping because they aren’t relying on Howard anymore who was an extremely productive RB. Now... they have David Montgomery (who might be good, but is a rookie) Cohen ( who has speed, but in not an everydown back) and a vet Mike Davis.o Other than Miller...Mitch is throwing to vets, but Robinson wasn’t on the team last year or Gabriel...and Gabriel can be good at times...he’s 5’7” and we have guys who can keep up now. If our D can shut down the rushing and trick plays...I think our secondary is going to get some chances.

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LambeauPlain's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:44 pm

I would not be surprised to see King as a backup to. Brown who has earned the start.

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Branden Burke's picture

September 01, 2019 at 08:08 pm

I don't know if anybody is talking about this yet, but both the Vikings and bears are in a negative salary cap situation next year. Both are already over the cap for next year even with their free agents. Good luck fixing that. Going to have to cut some expensive players.

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Demon's picture

September 01, 2019 at 08:55 pm

Is Las Vegas Tom here?

Wondering what the vegas over /under is on how many plays King is in before he is injured again

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jeepingmakooi's picture

September 01, 2019 at 08:56 pm

I hope king is on a snap count the first few games. Rotate brown in keep king going... Keeping this secondary fresh and healthy is going to be important to this defenses success

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ricky's picture

September 01, 2019 at 09:06 pm

The thought was that with the hamstring injury, the only real way to heal it was time. So the Packers gave him time, even though MLF was talking about guys playing through injuries/little hurts. Smart move. Maybe it was just bad luck. Maybe it's a trend, ala Matthews and his hamstring problems. We'll find out soon enough, because this is definitely a "make or break" season for him. Gutekunst hasn't shown any interest in keeping guys around who can't cut it. As Tallahassee said in "Zombieland", "Time to nut up or shut up."

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Lphill's picture

September 01, 2019 at 09:53 pm

I hope he can come through and play well but I just can’t be sure , I wish King Luck but if he gets injured again sooner rather than later I think that’s the end for him.

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Since '61's picture

September 01, 2019 at 09:59 pm

Good news on King. If he can stay healthy he can make a big difference in our secondary. Go Pack Go!
Thanks, Since ‘61

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zerotolerance's picture

September 02, 2019 at 01:39 am

This is so true. Words of wisdom.

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Stroh's picture

September 01, 2019 at 10:06 pm

I like King alot and want him to succeed more than most. Starters generally aren't supposed to lose their job, especially in preseason, due to injury. In this case however, since King has been out for so long, I would give the start to Tony Brown, because he's been available and played very well. King can sub in and play alot, but give Brown the honor of starting game 1 and send a little (subtle) message to King that he has to be available.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:05 am

Agree. I don't think it would be wise to just let him start, he's probably got some conditioning to do

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4thand10's picture

September 02, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Agree Stroh. I’m rooting for King also. One things for sure, they will have to put someone fast on Gabriel

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 01, 2019 at 10:15 pm

Reading this thread if I didn't know better I'd think some Packers fans are rooting for King to fail.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 02, 2019 at 12:13 am

Nope.
But they admit so far, yes he HAS absolutely been a FAILURE.
Time to pull up the skirt and play ball. We pay him to play football, not spend more time on the sideline or in trainers room.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 02, 2019 at 05:26 am

Same history injury with Packers as Aaron Jones!

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:39 am

Do you, and others, think King is out injured a lot because he doesn’t care enough about football? Or because he isn’t man enough to play while injured? Do you believe he exaggerates his injuries so he doesn’t have to play? Some here post as if its his fault he’s injury prone. My view is some players are injury prone and I’m sure in NFL history there have been players who didn’t play when they could have. But I have seen no evidence of that in King.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:03 am

Croat, King has played 15 games out of a possible 32. Aaron Jones has played in 24 games out of 32. Jones played 376 and 236 snaps, a total of 612 snaps. King played 304 and 382 for a total of 692. By snap count your right, although RBs normally get some rest during the games.

I was curious, so I checked FO and found that only 9 RBs in 2017 and 8 in 2018 played more than 60% of possible snaps. 16 and 18 broke 50% and there are a lot of RBs in the 40s.

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:14 am

To be fair, Jones was rested (if you want to call it that) far more than necessary by MM. snap count is nevertheless a valid indicator. Croat’s point is valid and King has never done anything to prevent himself from being in the field for non injury reasons.

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Demon's picture

September 02, 2019 at 06:30 am

I'm not rooting for King to fail but I fully expect him to be hurt again before the 1/4 point of the season.

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:42 am

It seems like some just want to be right rather than have a player back that might help. Really not impressive.

I hope they are wrong and that King remains healthy even though I have my doubts. That said I will take a better player added to the 53 whenever I can, and he improves our CB lineup.

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GVPacker's picture

September 02, 2019 at 04:49 pm

I think it's case of being frustrated with Kings inability to stay healthy!
He's got the physical attributes to be a very effective DB but his inability to shake the injury bug is disappointing to say the least. It's encouraging to hear he's ready for the season opener against the Gummy Bears though!

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Guam's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:08 am

Wow! Not much love here for Kevin King. CroatPackFan is spot on in his comments that King's injury history is similar to Aaron Jones' injury history, but the fan reaction is totally different.

I guess the TJ Watt legacy will always haunt King. Not particularly fair since King had nothing to do with that decision, it was TT's.

I hope King plays well against the Bears. He can be a shutdown corner when healthy.

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Ahgreen30's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:31 am

Literally the most fragile man on planet earth.....

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:42 am

You apparently don't know what the word, "literally" means.

You may want to keep in mind the NFL is filled with world class athletes who run full speed into each other.

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 08:48 am

Really? I think you may be wrong there. Jump on a bandwagon and make assertions that are literally risible and, even were there some truth in the general theme, help no one, including the team.

King makes our line up better. I hope he will stay fit for that reason, but he is not keeping anyone better out, so pulling for him not to be us to pull for the Bears and the Vikings and so on.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:05 am

King is am excellent football player.
Nobody should dispute that.
But he's also proven to be very fragile & I think none of us expect him to be able to last & play even 14 games in a season.

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Coldworld's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:17 am

That is a reasonable statement. I think many of us feel the same way about Jones or even Rodgers. The difference is that we root to be wrong on those: King should be no different. None of the naysayers win by being right here, unless they are fans of other teams.

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 02, 2019 at 09:26 am

Exactly right, Coldworld. Over the years and several Packers fans boards, I've seen posters who post as though they'd rather be right about a Packer than have him succeed.

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cheesehead1's picture

September 02, 2019 at 11:15 am

When he’s on the field he’s very good. The key word is “when”. Wishing him a healthy season! Go Pack and pull off an upset against the Bears.

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Holecrap's picture

September 02, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Maybe we should create a pool to see how long he last before being injured again. This guy was a walking injury in college, nothing has changed. LOL
Another would be could be should be player that never developed

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PatrickGB's picture

September 02, 2019 at 06:23 pm

King was reported that he sat out today with hamstring.

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PAPackerbacker's picture

September 03, 2019 at 06:25 am

Although King is talented he has been prone to injury since he was drafted. I'm rooting for him to succeed and go through the season without missing any games due to injury, but given his past performances I have my doubts. I would like nothing more than for King to assert himself and prove he can play a season on the field instead of on the injured list. I wish him nothing but the best and good health.

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Brandip's picture

September 03, 2019 at 03:54 pm

More skilled players on the field is never a bad thing. However, I cringe every time he makes a play. I think of it Like playing baseball in the house. Sure it's fun, but something is going to get broken.

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