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Davon House's shoulder injury won't require surgery

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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For now, it doesnít appear surgery will be necessary for Davon House to get back on the football field. Following Sundayís practice, the Green Bay Packersí second-year cornerback said the left shoulder subluxation he sustained in the teamís first preseason game against San Diego on Aug. 9 shouldnít require surgery unless it happens to pop out again. At that point, surgery will be ďa must,Ē but right now House is eying a return to the field possibly as early as next week barring no setbacks. When House does return, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound cornerback will need to wear a brace on the shoulder for protection for the entire season, limiting his mobility, physicality and ball-hawking opportunities. ďWeíre shooting for hopefully I can be back Week 1,Ē House said. ďThe way my progress has been going, itís a good possibility that I can be ready for next week. Docís been impressed with how itís been going, but if my shoulder wonít let me go then I canít really go. I canít be out there with one arm trying to cover. Thatís hard to do.Ē Prior to the injury, House appeared to have the inside track on the opening at starting cornerback and looked good with the first-team defense against the Chargers before the shoulder popped out on special teams in the second half. During Sundayís practice, House warmed up with the rest of the teamís active players and was doing running drills off to the side throughout. There are still some things House canít do at this juncture, but heís spent his off time preparing for some of the things heíll need to do mentally to adjust to the brace. ďIím going to have to be smarter,Ē House said. ďMy feet are going to have to be better. Iím going to have to be a lot quicker my hands. Iím not going to be able to be throwing receivers like I wanted to. Itís going to have to be quick jabs and running, but Iím feeling more confident in my shoulder, just talking to the medical staff about how much it has progressed since the injury. Theyíre very impressed with how far Iíve come.Ē As for the long-term outlook on the shoulder, House is keeping his fingers crossed. "All I know is what the doc told me, that if it was to ever pop out again then surgery is a must," House said. "Hopefully it doesnít pop out again." -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod. -Rob Demovsky contributed to this report

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