Packers notebook: Randall takes Eagles' Treggs to task over hit
GREEN BAY — The ongoing conflict between Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Bryce Treggs spilled into the locker room at Lambeau Field on Tuesday.
Randall suffered a concussion after Treggs leveled him with a blindside block during an exhibition game Aug. 10, a hit that, according to a tweet from Treggs, triggered a league-imposed fine of $25,000.
Eleven days later, Randall cleared the concussion protocol and returned to the practice field for the first time. He participated in all aspects of Tuesday’s two-hour session, and reporters circled his locker shortly thereafter.
“I just felt like it was a very, very dirty hit and him just crying about the fine that made me feel like that was very, very disrespectful,” Randall said of his decision to fire back through social media after Treggs lamented the fine on Twitter.
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“I mean, with me, I would say more a suspension than money but since (Treggs) ain't got much of that, I guess the money punishment is fine.”
Randall was in good spirits during and after practice. He immediately slid back into a starting position in the base defense opposite rookie cornerback Kevin King. Then he moved into the slot when Quinten Rollins took the field in nickel.
“It's always tough missing time,” Randall said, “especially when this is the critical time and you're getting back in shape and just getting ready to get rolling with the regular season, it's definitely tough missing time.”
Randall said it was the first concussion of his career and jokingly called the whole situation “pretty cool, actually.” He did not describe the severity of his symptoms but told reporters he felt great during his first day back on the field.
“I just went through the protocol and we've got a great, great staff here and I just took it day by day,” Randall said.
Back in the saddle: Running back Ty Montgomery said he made it through practice without any problems and intends to play Saturday night against Denver.
“It was a good day,” he said.
Montgomery, who missed all of last week with a leg injury, took part in warm-up drills, one-on-ones and 9-on-7, then was limited to just a couple of plays in the team drills. Running backs coach Ben Sirmans said he limited Montgomery’s work on his first day back.
As far as the Broncos game, Montgomery said he expects to play. Montgomery carries the sickle cell trait, which in the case of former Washington safety Ryan Clark, caused Clark to become severely ill after playing in Denver’s high altitude.
Clark wound up having his gall bladder and spleen removed and was deactivated from that point on anytime the team played in Denver.
“Obviously, there’s questions that are going to arise when you find out a guy with sickle cell trait is going to play in Denver because of what’s happened to some guys from the past,” Montgomery said. “But like I’ve said before, sickle cell trait is subjective in how it affects certain individuals.”
Montgomery said he played a full game in Utah in college and didn’t have any issues, although he said he took an IV at halftime and took oxygen during the game.
He said he knows the way it would affect him and can identify whether it’s causing him problems. He said his body would not be stressed the same way as if it were a regular-season game because starters usually come out of the game early.