Packers receive good news on pair of injured DBs

There shouldn't be any worry going forward with one of the Green Bay Packers' star cornerbacks.

Kevin King, who missed Thursday night's preseason opener against the Tennesee Titans, is dealing with a right shoulder injury -- not his surgically-repaired one that caused his 2017 rookie season to come to a screeching halt.

"Yeah, I'm good," King told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. His only complaint was the small hint of soreness emanating from his shoulder region.

King was one of the 15 starters -- and 18 players total -- to be held out of Thursday night's win. The true status of his shoulder likely won't be known until the Packers meet again for practice on Sunday, or sometime during the week.

As one of the Packers' top cornerbacks, King is expected to serve as one of their perimeter starters in a month when the Packers open up the regular season with a home meeting against the Chicago Bears -- the 197th meeting in history between the two rivals.

The Packers also received good news on another one of their defensive backs.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, safety Josh Jones tested negative for a concussion after exiting the game to be evaluated. Fellow safety Jermaine Whitehead is also presumed to have escaped unscathed from significant injury after exiting the game with a back injury.

The Packers have just five training camp practices remaining in the month of August: Sunday, August 12, Monday, August 13, Monday, August 20, Tuesday, August 21 and Monday, August 27. They host the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday for their second preseason game.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

August 11, 2018 at 06:33 pm

Hope we can make it through preseason injury free. Go Pack Go!

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Bret Iverson's picture

August 11, 2018 at 06:46 pm

We need all the top line players to stay healthy. The Packers roster is solid but not extremely deep at S, WR, OL, ILB, and OLB. Depending on how the season goes, the draft may start with those positions. We lost four players prior to camp just for the lack of interest in playing football. After the pre-season, I see the Packers picking up a few bodies from around the league.

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Coldworld's picture

August 12, 2018 at 06:34 am

It would appear very deep at WR and fairly so at safety, if one looks to potential. That’s the thing, potential over certainty inherently implies uncertainty for us as fans. This is where the professional evaluators earn their pay.

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 01:55 pm

This.
Example would be the Packers cutting Sitton- looked like lunacy at the time, we as fans were sure we didn't have anyone to plug the hole- but the Packers had faith in Lane Taylor based on in-house knowledge and he turned out to be a starting caliber LG.

Of course, for every Lane Taylor, there's a Brett Hundley.. but the point still remains that things aren't always as they seem from the outside looking in.

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dobber's picture

August 12, 2018 at 04:43 pm

Yes, but the Packers didn't cut Aaron Rodgers to play Brett Hundley.

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 10:35 pm

True.. but the analysis was still poor/incorrect.

..Although I personally think MM wasn't thrilled with only having Hundley, and this was a case of the "silos" between coaching and personnel dept.

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WKUPackFan's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:21 pm

Who are these four players "we" lost because of lack of interest in playing football prior to camp?

Please use "the team", "the Packers", or "Green Bay" instead of "we". I'm pretty sure that you are not a member of the Packers organization in any way.

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:31 pm

Fans are fans, and it's no more than a sign of emotional investment in the team.

Plus, dangnabbit, I don't care if it doesn't pay dividends or hold any real cash value- and even if our combined voting interest doesn't hold enough power to actually affect change- the framed piece of paper hanging on my wall says I'm technically an owner and I'm going to reserve my right to use the term "we" as often as I like.

Seriously, though.. let's not penalize fans for being passionate. The Green Bay Packers ARE owned by the people of Green Bay, its shareholders, and to a larger (if not figurative) extent, the people of Wisconsin themselves. :)

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dobber's picture

August 12, 2018 at 04:43 pm

I also don't like the "we"/"us" thing, but respect the desire of others to use it.

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Bret Iverson's picture

August 12, 2018 at 06:59 pm

Mokofisi-DT, Clark-WR, Bennet-LB, and a private issue Cole Madison-G/T (still a possible player if he chooses to return)

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Paul Konieczny's picture

August 11, 2018 at 06:51 pm

Only 5 practices? Don’t over work yourselves.

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Since'61's picture

August 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm

CBA.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:11 am

I'd have sworn that there were some closed practices as well, but I guess not. In 2006, MM scheduled 28 open practices. 2 a days were still allowed. In 2000, Mike Sherman scheduled 51 practices.

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Bert's picture

August 12, 2018 at 09:51 am

Yep. I'm not pleased about the steep reduction in practice time over the years. Seems like the ticket prices should be reduced to reflect the ragged play as a result of reduced practice time. Never happen.

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 10:37 pm

I actually was lucky enough to be allowed into a "unscheduled closed practice" during the 2009 preseason.

Showed up to Nitsche field for early practice, the forecast was iffy- isolated showers, but rain was supposed to hold off until afternoon- but the storm clouds rolled in and it looked threatening. Sporadic light rainfall. People started leaving about 10 minutes before scheduled start time figuring the rain meant no practice. about 80-100 fans still remained, we were all by the NE entrance to the Don Hutson center where the barricades were set up and the players were arriving for practice by bike.

McCarthy and Thompson were looking at the sky and discussing field conditions (i'd assume). The decision was made to practice indoors. Players went inside. Ted kept on looking over the crowd. He consulted MM one more time, and made a waving gesture to the security crew, as if to say, 'ah, what the heck. Let's let these fans waiting in the rain inside today." And so we were let into the Hutson center. The two things that left me awestruck were 1) we were allowed inside the hutson center, period, and we were lined up on the eastern wall, the only thing separating the onlooking fans from the player's bags and personal items (as well as the players themselves) was a white line on the ground- you literally could have reached out and touched a player's stuff or the players themselves when they came over- the players were clearly a little surprised and/or nervous about our presence and proximity! Also, 2) I couldn't believe that none of the other fans realized how incredibly rare of a treat Ted Thompson just gave us by allowing our presence to a practice inside the Don Hutson Center. All I could do was shake my head and say "Only in Green Bay!".

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The TKstinator's picture

August 12, 2018 at 03:00 pm

Total
Lee
Awesome!!!

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DraftHobbyist's picture

August 11, 2018 at 07:11 pm

I hope we stop putting Rodgers in bubble wrap and start getting him some practice with his WR's. We need to be prepared early facing divisional rivals in Week 1 and 2 this year to start the season. Getting off to a slow start could be very harmful to playoff hopes.

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Snake Plissken's picture

August 12, 2018 at 12:42 am

Who do you think he's practicing with in practice?.... another teams wide outs?...

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Coldworld's picture

August 12, 2018 at 06:36 am

First preseason is the time to get film on the backups. Next two games we will likely see him.

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Since'61's picture

August 12, 2018 at 08:50 am

Rodgers is the last player on the roster that we need to worry about in terms of being ready for the season. If everyone on the team was ready to play at Rodgers level we would go 19-0. Thanks, Since '61

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:15 pm

While I tend to agree and don't necessarily place the slump Rodger's was in a few seasons ago on it, it should be mentioned that Rodgers was very vocal to the press about not needing physical reps in the preseason that year, and McCarthy obliged him with the least preseason work Rodgers' was ever assigned.

Rodgers looked out of sync the first many games and what was characterized at the time as just things needing tweaked and timing not quite there yet spiraled into an unthinkable anomaly for a talent like Rodgers to find himself in.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 12, 2018 at 03:49 pm

Questionable pad level could be at fault.

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dobber's picture

August 12, 2018 at 04:45 pm

It's a good thing he got back to his fundamentals.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 12, 2018 at 06:51 pm

Let’s start at the very beginning
A very good place to start

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GBPDAN1's picture

August 11, 2018 at 07:22 pm

Hope Kings thin Stature isn't going to cause him injury issues in the NFL. He hits hard , typically leading with a shoulder.

I really think he's going to have a breakout year if he can stay healthy. The kid is not afraid to hit, let's hope he holds up. Hopefully he doesn't have to take on to many 225lb RBs running around the corner with a full head of steam .

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Branden Burke's picture

August 11, 2018 at 10:03 pm

The shoulder he had surgery on can be a real problem. Like career ending problem. They seem to think it is ok right now. If it dislocates again, it will re tear the labrum. I can guarantee he has a hill sachs deformity based on how many times he claimed it dislocated last year. He has to keep the muscles at the joint very strong or risk it dislocating and happening again. He may need shoulder replacement surgery down the road for it. Definitely a concern.

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The Marathon Man's picture

August 12, 2018 at 08:32 am

Better to lead with the shoulder than with the head.

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:24 pm

King was listed at 6'3", 200 lbs at the combine.

Richard Sherman was listed at 6'3", 195 lbs at the combine.

I think King has added substantial mass to his frame over this offseason, say 5 lbs or so (just guessing by eye) and he did that after shoulder surgery.

I think he'll be okay as far as his stature. He's not thin by DB standards. I know his length makes his look lanky, but he's solid and built like Sherman- who was never really considered a risk due to being too thin.

The shoulder is a legit concern, hope it's as good to go as King seems to think it is.

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ScaryGary's picture

August 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm

its all about the tackles(bahkt and bulag) if they can play we win when it counts

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PAPackerbacker's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:49 am

Injuries are always a concern. Why risk your starters or key players in a preseason game? You have rookies and other players to evaluate and not a lot of time to do it? The starters who sit out the first preseason game have earned their place and rank on the team and the Packers can ill afford to lose a starter. And the key players who didn't start are more than likely going to be a starter or huge contributor when the regular season does start. They get their reps in training camp to keep their skills sharp. I do not like to see injuries occur to anyone, even on my least favorite team. Let's hope for a healthy start and finish for everyone.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 12, 2018 at 09:56 am

except Barr and Danny Travathan and Thomas Davis...

Reap what you sow...

eye for an eye...

Im an old testament guy...

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cheesehead1's picture

August 12, 2018 at 09:49 am

What’s Jimmy Graham’s status? As good as he is, if I remember correctly, he was injured quite often in Seattle. We need him on the field. Go Pack.

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Since'61's picture

August 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

It would be great if we can make it to the regular season with a healthy secondary. It's been unusual for the Packers to receive good news on the injury front but so far we have with our DBS and Bulaga and Bakh.

As for the number of practices remaining this is an issue which exposes many of the leagues flaws. There are 3 preseason games remaining but only 5 practices left before the regular season. Shouldn't there be more practices and less games? The problem is that the owners don't make any money on practices. However, they do make money on unwatchable preseason football.

In the meantime, they dilute their regular season product due to preseason injuries and lack of practices for the starters who don't play much during the preseason. The result is 2-4 weeks of sloppily played regular season games while the starters get into playing shape and regain their timing.

If the league cared about their product and their customers (the fans) they would have more practices and less preseason games. 2 preseasons games plus 2-3 scrimmages would probably achieve the same evaluations as 4 preseason games. With more practices the starters would be better prepared for the opening weeks of the season and deliver a better on field product for the fans. Maybe some of this will come with the next CBA or maybe not. The league can fix their problems if they want to, but do they want to? Time will tell. Thanks, Since '61

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Tundraboy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 11:17 am

Well said Since 61. The main objective has been lost. Get in game shape and learn the plays.

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cheesehead1's picture

August 12, 2018 at 11:24 am

Agree with you Since’61, but like you said it’s all $ driven. What’s your opinion of Boyle? I hope we can keep him over Hundley. Hope McCarthy gives Boyle an opportunity against the Steelers 1’s or 2’s.....IMO, Hundley had his chance last year but unfortunately it didn’t work out.

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Since'61's picture

August 12, 2018 at 04:43 pm

Boyle looks OK for a UDFA. He needs time and a lot of work to develop but he could make the squad either as the #3 QB if the Packers keep 3 QBs or make it to the PS.

I hope the Packers end up with Kizer and Boyle but both of them need to show more than Hundley which I don't think either has done yet. I would put Kizer and Hundley equal and Boyle bringing up the rear at this point. We'll see where they are all at in 3 weeks.

Time will tell. Thanks, Since '61

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PatrickGB's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:19 pm

I too worry about Kings shoulder. Perhaps he is prone to problems with them. But he does have a noted surgeon nearby...

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Community Guy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:41 pm

King and Brice are my two favorite upside guys in the secondary.. i hope they both have lengthy careers with the Packers.

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Oppy's picture

August 12, 2018 at 02:58 pm

I think the secondary looks particularly promising when you consider a healthy King, Williams, and House on the roster.

Even if they aren't all "starters", the stability and flexibilty those three give to the CB group makes the utilization of the young, raw rookies as well as guys like Fred Waters etc and so forth so much more attractive.

I love this group. I hope they look as good on the field as they do on paper.

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