Packers cornerback Damarious Randall underwent hand surgery this past Monday, a procedure that typically comes with a 6-8 week recovery. With the surgery, Randall is unlikely to face any long term issues with the hand. With some of the nagging injuries this Packers secondary has dealt with, lets hope he recovers quickly and he can report to camp injury free this summer.

Randall is coming off his best season yet. He led the team in interceptions in 2017, and was the most consistent member of a banged up secondary. Randall missed the last two games of the season due to a knee injury. His absence definitely impacted the defense, but at that point in the season, it didn’t matter too much. This past season was an interesting one for the Packers cornerback. During a week 4 matchup with the Chicago Bears, he was benched and ultimately sent to the locker room. From there, Randall unexpectedly left the stadium in anger, according to some reports. Randall returned to action the very next week and had an interception in three straight games, including a game changing pick-six in a week 5 matchup against the Cowboys.

Randall was critical of the Packers defense and the coaching after the 2017 season. Head Coach Mike McCarthy made the following statement on Randall’s comments:

“You’re talking about words of frustration. I’ll tell you what I told Damarious, he needs to focus on himself. He’s got to clean his own house. That’s what I look for him to do in the offseason. He did a lot of really good things. We all understand what happened in the Chicago game, but I thought from the Chicago game on he played at a very high level, He probably played the best football of his career, but then he didn’t play the last two games. He needs to go home and self-evaluate and clean his own house. We all need to clean our own house.”

With a new defensive coordinator coming in, this upcoming year represents a great opportunity for Damarious Randall. It would be a huge boost for Mike Pettine if Randall could have another productive season, this time with fewer injuries. So let’s wish him a speedy recovery so he can hit the ground running this summer, and be an even bigger part of this defense in the 2018-19 season.


 

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