Packers' Kevin King vows to be ready for opener despite injury
GREEN BAY – Despite missing the Green Bay Packers' preseason finale Thursday with a groin injury, rookie cornerback Kevin King was adamant he will play in the team’s Sept. 10 regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.
King said he injured his groin Tuesday during practice. There wasn’t one moment when he felt his groin pull, King said. The soreness gradually increased as he ran around the field during drills.
“It wasn’t like one specific thing,” King said. “It was kind of over time a little bit. Maybe wasn’t as loose as I thought it was. … Maybe hydrate a little more.”
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Asked if he had any doubt he’d be available against the Seahawks, King said no.
The rookie played extensively through the Packers' first three preseason weeks. He finished with seven tackles and two defended passes in 111 snaps. King said he studied Thursday’s finale intently.
“I was just watching those guys,” King said, “see how they move. Kind of just going through the game in my head, if I was out there. So I still got some mental reps out there.”
As for whether his body of work this preseason was enough to prepare him for the regular season, King said he’s confident.
“I feel like I’m ready,” he said.