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Healing CB House playing waiting game

Oct. 14, 2012
 

Two months ago, Davon House was zeroing in on the Green Bay Packers’ starting cornerback spot across from Tramon Williams.

Today, the second-year cornerback is fighting his way back up the depth chart and onto the team’s game-day roster after being inactive for the first five games of this season.

As the 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback appeared to be closing in on the starting job during training camp, House sustained a shoulder subluxation in the Packers’ preseason-opener against San Diego. He avoided surgery, but was forced to miss the remainder of the preseason while he recovered.

Now wearing a shoulder harness, House has been a full participant in practice for the past couple weeks, but remains questionable for today’s game against the Texans in part because of the production of the cornerbacks in front of him.

Since House’s injury, Sam Shields recovered from a slow start to his third NFL season to become a dependable option as the team’s No. 2 cornerback.

With Casey Hayward settling into the dime package and Jarrett Bush’s continued special-teams contributions, there’s been no reason to risk rushing House back onto the field.

“House is coming,” Packers cornerback coach Joe Whitt said. “I think Sam’s played, especially in the pass game, really well. He was targeted, what, seven times last game (with) three completions for 22 yards. He had one game that, the New Orleans game, where he gave up the explosive but, other than that, the first three games he didn’t give up a completion. I’ve been very pleased with his covering.

Tramon is Tramon, so … and Casey, he’s getting better. I think he’s given up maybe six completions (and) four came in that New Orleans game. To answer your question, they’re playing better, so House is going to have to play better to get on the field.”

Although House still sits, Whitt has said at various points this season that no player he’s coached has improved more in one year than House, who showed increased physicality to start his second NFL season after being limited to only two games last season due to hamstring and ankle injuries.
-whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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