Packers Question of the day - Randall's Injury a Cause for Concern?

This question piece was originally titled "Randall's Groin, a Cause for Concern?" but my better judgement told me that would be pretty... Well, weird.

Damarious Randall was listed on the Packers' injury report today as a limited participant. Albeit better than one of the two players who didn't practice at all, limiting himself with participation shouldn't cause too much outcry for the moment. But for the injury itself, while groin complications tend to be tricky, is it a reason for the Packers to worry in the slightest?

Going into a game where the Packers' secondary will face its toughest task of the season in covering the three-headed monster that got shut down in Minnesota on Monday night, they're already without veteran cornerback Sam Shields, who is still dealing with the aftermath from another concussion.

It's not relatively early, considering by the time you read this, it'll be Thursday, three days prior to kickoff on Sunday night. But if Randall is unable to suit up or even if he does, can't be 100% or anything close to that, what should the Packers do as precaution?

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Bearmeat's picture

October 06, 2016 at 09:13 am

As long as Randall is ok to play, I'm not concerned. He played really well in Jacksonville, and was very good in spots last year too. The consistency is the issue with him.

For a #2 corner, he's quite good. Now, the real problem is that our #1 corner and SS have been out for 3 weeks and counting (again).

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dobber's picture

October 06, 2016 at 09:37 am

"As long is Randall is ok to play,..."

He was a limited participant and not a DNP. I can't imagine he won't be ready to go on Sunday night.

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rdent's picture

October 07, 2016 at 06:47 am

But how effective will he be?

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dobber's picture

October 07, 2016 at 08:27 am

How effective has he been?

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rdent's picture

October 09, 2016 at 10:10 am

That's what worries me

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croatpackfan's picture

October 06, 2016 at 09:23 am

Burnett is back! So why you consider him out?

P. S. reply on bearmeat comment!

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Bearmeat's picture

October 06, 2016 at 09:43 am

Yeah. But he wasn't healthy in any week so far really. And he did miss the DET game. Point is that he hasn't played well when he's been out there. Probably points to health??

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 06, 2016 at 10:07 am

Another injury to the CBs is not a good thing. Especially when our next game is against a trio of very good WR's.

Hopefully Randall will be able to play.

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staffordsneckfat's picture

October 06, 2016 at 01:51 pm

Without Randall, were looking at:

Gunter (40 time: 4.66)
Hyde (4.56)
Rollins (4.57)

vs

OBJ (4.43)
Shepherd (4.48)
Cruz (4.47*)

*Many leg injuries ago

Uh oh....

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Finwiz's picture

October 06, 2016 at 01:57 pm

Gunter looked great against 2nd and 3rd string scrubs in preseason, but he's god awful as a starter. No speed. He tackles well though, I'll give him that...but coverage? Faa-git-a-bot-it.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 07, 2016 at 07:28 am

Gunter played really well against the Lions.

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Finwiz's picture

October 07, 2016 at 11:59 am

They gave up 200 to a nobody...36 was part of that, and I'm not talking about Leroy Butler!

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rdent's picture

October 07, 2016 at 06:45 am

Rookie Josh Hawkins 4.39 average 40 time but yea,rookie

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 07, 2016 at 07:18 am

I don't really worry about the 40 times.

That being said they do need to get into the WR's faces more and try and throw their timing off.

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rdent's picture

October 09, 2016 at 10:42 am

Yes,speed isn't everything but it sure helps if you need it to catch up if beat off the LOS

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Since'61's picture

October 06, 2016 at 10:09 am

Early in the game the Packers should put either Brice or even Fackrell right up on the LOS over Beckham and pound him right at the LOS. Not every play but a few plays early in the game, not to cover him, just hit him at the LOS and frustrate him. He'll get himself thrown out of the game and our secondary situation will become vastly improved with or without Randall. As for Randall if he can't go and we don't marginalize Beckham at the LOS our pass rush better get to Manning consistently or it could be a long day. We don't want to a possession game late with Eli with the ball because he is deadly during the last 2-4 minutes of a game. Go Packers Go! Thanks, Since ' 61

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Finwiz's picture

October 06, 2016 at 11:03 am

It sounds all warm and fuzzy and such a great idea to "hammer" Beckham with a physical player like Brice or Fackrell, the problem is, they aren't quick enough to stay on him for long, if at all. These wideouts are so quick, it takes another player with good foot speed to stay with him...that would have been Shields. Without Shields they have NOBODY to cover Cruz and Beckham, making this a long day for the Packers. Stafford torched them with 1/2 the talented receiving core the Giants have. I expect this to be just as bad, something like a 31-30 game.

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Finwiz's picture

October 06, 2016 at 11:06 am

Yeah, how's it working out for the Packers with not playing anybody in preseason and now 4 weeks in we are decimated with injuries? Even if you buy into the no playing in the preseason, which I don't, you still have to question the goofs they keep bringing in as conditioning coaches. Somebody up there doesn't know what they are doing.

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croatpackfan's picture

October 06, 2016 at 01:29 pm

No, no... Those preseason game are not important. It is to risky to play your starters in that kind of games. You should bench the starters! And, as we see practicing in the preseason may be even more dangerous (look what happened to Teddy Bridgewater!), I say let bench the starters from practice. It would not be wise to risk season ending injury. Also, those September games are not so important, so why to play starters in them. Look, we probably lost Jared Cook for the season and maybe Sam Shields forever... To risky. I say bench starters during September games...

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Finwiz's picture

October 06, 2016 at 01:55 pm

Yes you are right, we should even go a bit further....I'd say, not only don't play the starters in preseason, but play the 2nd and 3rd string until the 12th game, and then put the starters in and get them ready for the playoffs! Perfect solution. You only expose the starters to injury for 4 games, and you have everyone healthy for playoffs. Oh wait.....I forgot, 1st you gotta get to the playoffs. Nevermind.....let's stick with the plan, but back it up to game 11 for the starters to play. Make sure they're ready! LOL! The McCarthy logic - what a buffoon....I wonder if that idiot has a phobia about stepping on cracks in sidewalks because HE MIGHT TRIP!! With that fat azz, Pillsbury dough boy, ya never know! LMAO

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Turophile's picture

October 08, 2016 at 12:44 am

There's being in shape and there is ready for week to week football shape. Coaches recognise this.

Getting into proper football shape needs some gametime to do it, and because it is a fairly extreme stress on the body, you get injuries doing it. So whether you rest players prior to preseason or not, injuries happen as players round into regular season week to week shape.

Because of this I'm not sure it makes much difference whether you rest them early or not, you will get injuries as players get over that final hurdle, whenever it happens.

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stockholder's picture

October 06, 2016 at 11:52 am

My concern is Randall does not do a Casey Hayward on us. He must show that he is ready no matter what the circumstances. He played so well in that first game. Something must be up. I doubt that this is a figment of are imagination. The cushion that he is giving up, plus all those yards, Its just not what were use to seeing from him. I think its better just to let him get back in shape. Start Rollins.

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Allan Murphy's picture

October 06, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I though his injury was his thumb not groin ?????

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Gianich's picture

October 06, 2016 at 03:16 pm

Whether Randall plays, is healthy or not it's going to be up to the front 7 to create pressure to cover up the inexperience in the back end. Same goes for whether Burnett is healthy or not. If they can't get lots of pressure early and often the Pack defense will be torched through the air. Especially corner routes and up the Seam. Same old shit. On the bright side they have the front 7 to Do just that!

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 07, 2016 at 08:49 am

Absolutely agreed. Play tight coverage and trust your Front 7 to bring the heat. Otherwise, just give up. There's no excuse for sitting back and letting Eli eat us alive with quick passes when we have a Front 7 this good.

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lebowski's picture

October 06, 2016 at 06:15 pm

Half our defensive backfield being walking wounded after three games is not a concern at all

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Gianich's picture

October 06, 2016 at 09:09 pm

Shields might be done done....

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Tundraboy's picture

October 06, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Any good news???

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NashvilleCheesehead's picture

October 07, 2016 at 06:23 am

The bye week is behind us.....

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 07, 2016 at 08:47 am

Yeah, they've got great receivers and they stop the run, but let's not kid ourselve: This Giants team is average.

If the Packers can't win this one at home and do so convincingly, then they don't belong in any "contender" discussions.

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Handsback's picture

October 07, 2016 at 09:39 am

Andrew said it best...the Giants are average. If they play like World beaters on Sunday, then I have to wonder how good the Packers are as a team.

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NMPF's picture

October 07, 2016 at 09:07 am

Everybody run outside and check if the sky is falling. Game 4 ladies and gents. If the need is to outscore teams for awhile, so be it. enjoy!!! Go Pack

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al bundy's picture

October 07, 2016 at 10:56 am

Ironic how these guys always come up with tinzy injuries when they are expected to play against guys who wil eat their lunch. Hey you get shown up bad hurts your resale value.
Just like cook and his fake ankle injury. Lot of that going on with this team.

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