House planning to play against Cowboys
The Green Bay Packers should have their full complement of cornerbacks available for Sunday's playoff showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.
Davon House has been practicing for the better part of two weeks, but appears to have cleared all the necessary hurdles to return after missing the final three games of the regular season because of a fracture to his right scapula bone.
"I've worked really hard to get back," the fourth-year cornerback said. "I prayed a lot. I did a lot of rehab. So I plan on being out there."
House suffered the injury against Atlanta on Dec. 4. He played well after replacing Sam Shields during the second half of the 43-37 victory, but fell awkwardly on the knee of Julio Jones after deflecting a pass in the end zone. He still finished the game.
The injury didn't require surgery, but took a lot of patience given some of the road blocks House hit earlier in his career. He appeared to be closing in on a starting job in the 2012 training camp before suffering a left shoulder subluxation that forced him out of the first six games of the regular season.
"It's been a rollercoaster," House said. "Didn't expect to be hurt during this time in the year, but glad I was able to get back to where I wanted to be and I'm here to help our team make this run."
The Packers have been pretty consistent during the second half of the season using Tramon Williams and Shields on the perimeter and bringing in Micah Hyde in nickel formations, but the 6-foot-1, 195-pound House offers an interesting change-of-pace if defensive coordinator Dom Capers so chooses.
He's played well in the past against bigger receivers like Calvin Johnson and Jones, and could be an asset against 6-foot-2, 220-pound Dez Bryant, who House compares to Terrell Owens based on his physical nature and ability to make plays after the catch.
House finished the regular season with 28 tackles, 10 pass deflections and one interception. It was frustrating to suffer a setback after a strong performance against the Falcons, but the only thing he's focused on is contributing against the Cowboys.
"Yeah, it sucks but at the same time I feel like I'm just doing my job," House said. "I made one of the plays out there against Atlanta and my mindset was that's nothing new, this is what I do. So when people are like, 'Oh, you had an awesome game.' I'm like this is what I do. I do this for a living.
"I feel like I'm great at what I do. Just ready for the opportunity to go out there."
In addition, rookie cornerback Demetri Goodson returned to the practice field after missing the two practices during the bye week with an illness.
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