GREEN BAY - It's going to take Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall a while to move the way he once did.
At the Don Hutson Center Wednesday, Randall was moving along the back of the end zone, but he wasn't covering anybody. While the team was practicing on the other side of the field, he was slowly taking side steps, gently working the core muscle injury he had surgically repaired last weekend.
He was moving fairly well, but it must have hurt.
"If someone cut you, would it hurt?" he said laughing in the locker room after practice. "What do you mean?"
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At this point, Randall is doing light work, he said, in order promote blood flow through the injured area. He said he didn't know what the timetable for his return is, but in other cases, it has taken around six weeks. So it will be awhile before the 2015 first-round pick returns.
Randall is believed to have suffered the injury during the Week 2 game at Minnesota. He wasn't on the injury report the following week but said after the victory over Detroit on Sept. 25, that he was "a little banged up."
He showed up on the injury report on the first day of practice after the bye and then dropped out of the New York Giants game. He tried to come back against Dallas, but lasted only 17 snaps before dropping to the ground in pain and exiting the game.
"There’s different ways it can happen," Randall said. "Nobody knows what caused it. It’s just something that happened. There’s many different ways it could have triggered it or it could have happened over time. I’m just happy I got it fixed. I’m looking past it and looking forward to being with my team for this long stretch."
William Meyers, a renowned expert in core muscle injuries, did the surgery in Philadelphia. At least three other former Packers have had Meyers operate on them over the years: receiver Greg Jennings, linebacker Mike Neal and center Mike Flanagan.
Randall said it was an easy decision to have the surgery and let Meyers do it.
"I actually did my research on him," Randall said. "He’s a great, great guy. He’s an expert at those type of injuries and he said that everything went well and I can’t wait to get back."