MOBILE, Ala. - So far, so good.
Roughly six weeks after cornerback Kevin King underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, the Green Bay Packers are confident he will make a full recovery.
More importantly, they harbor no long-term concerns about his future.
“I wouldn’t think so,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Thursday. “It sounds like everything is going good. You never like to see that with young players, but yeah, I don’t think so.”
King’s shoulder had been a problem since training camp, when cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. said his new pupil was unable to jam with his left arm or reach for passes at certain angles. King wore a harness-like contraption under his pads and bounced in and out of the lineup as the shoulder dislocated frequently during the regular season.
Eventually, the Packers shut King down in early December. King flew to Florida to have his operation performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
“These are young, healthy, high-level athletes,” said Gutekunst, who had roughly a dozen shoulder dislocations and multiple surgeries during his own playing career. “So I think hopefully — knock on wood — everything should be good there.”