This seems to be becoming a trend with the Green Bay Packers. Cornerback Damarious Randall, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, underwent surgery for that injury over the weekend.
It’s similar to how running back James Starks suddenly popped up with a knee injury and had surgery on the weekend the Packers played the Cowboys a couple weeks back. The only difference is Randall has been sidelined since the Packers played the Giants on October 9.
He made a brief and unsuccessful return against the Cowboys the following week and then sat out against the Bears. Although this is obviously a sign that Randall won’t be available for a while, the surgery isn’t expected to end his season.
Randall hasn’t been very good when he’s been on the field this year, but the Packers need him. They are already without Sam Shields, who is on injured reserve, until at least week 14. Quinten Rollins has also been sidelined the past two games with a groin injury, but he could return this week.
In the meantime, the Packers have been using LaDarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson as their starting cornerbacks. Gunter rebounded with a strong game against Chicago after a poor showing against Dallas. Goodson has largely gone unnoticed, which is a good thing.
As for Randall’s injury, you have to wonder what took so long for him to have surgery, why the Packers thought they could play him against Dallas and if that made the injury worse? It now appears Randall could be sidelined for an additional six weeks.