Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Damarious Randall is going to try to practice Saturday to see whether he’ll be able to play this weekend on a “rolled up” ankle.
Randall, the first-round pick who had a game-winning pass breakup two weeks ago, was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report Friday after spraining his ankle during team drills this week. He first appeared on the injury report Thursday.
There were no guarantees Friday when Randall spoke with the media inside the Packers’ locker room, but he said the plan is for him to attempt coming back this week.
“I’m going to do everything I can to try to play in the game,” Randall said. “At the end of the day, I’m just going to see whatever the training staff says and just see how my ankle feels, and just kind of go from there.”
Randall was one of several players on the Packers’ injury report Friday. The list included receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle), running back James Starks (hip), defensive tackle B.J. Raji (groin) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder/hand), all listed as questionable. Receiver Davante Adams (ankle), safety Morgan Burnett (calf) and linebacker Nate Palmer (chest) were listed as probable.
There’s plenty of desire for Randall to play Sunday. It’s not often a rookie cornerback gets to test their skills against Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, one of the best players in league history.
“Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever in the league,” Randall said, “and you best believe he knows what’s at stake – two 6-0 teams, prime time Sunday game. Even though he’s probably played on different stages, but this is a different year and I’m pretty sure he’s looking forward to play.”
The Packers will benefit from safety Morgan Burnett likely returning into time to face Manning. Burnett is a leader in the Packers secondary and especially valuable with on-field communication. Against Manning, one of the smartest players ever, the Packers’ communication will be key.
“One of the things about Morgan,” Capers said, “is that all the guys on defense have confidence. He’s a good communicator. He’s been in the defense for a long time, and we’ve only had him for one game out of the first six. So it’s going to be nice to hopefully have him back out there. If everything goes well, hopefully he’ll be back out there playing for us.”
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