The Packers officially sent rookie corner Kevin King to IR today, ending his season, In a corresponding move, activating Demetri Goodson from the PUP list.
This is a disappointing end for King, who showed great promise early in the season before suffering a lingering shoulder injury that will likely require off-season surgery. King struggled at times, but he also has impressive games against some great receivers, including Atlanta’s Julio Jones, and he is the best tackler among the corners. He hasn’t been as effective since suffering the injury and shutting him down is probably the right move, but it is still a blow to the Packers’ already dwindling playoff hopes.
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King will miss out on development time, and this injury may impact his growth as a player into next season. Injuries to Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins negatively impacted their sophomore seasons, and seeing this happen again is certainly disconcerting. In the meantime, Goodson will provide some depth at the position.
He played in nine games this year, starting five, and collected 21 tackles and five pass deflections. King has been dealing with this shoulder issue since tearing his labrum during his freshman year at Washington, though he labeled it as “not a concern” in August.
Despite the injury, head coach Mike McCarthy was pleased with the work King did this season.
“I can’t give him enough credit for fighting through what he has,” McCarthy said. “These injuries are a challenge for every team, and that’s something that we’ve had to deal with a lot this year.”
The rookie closed out his first season as a pro with 28 combined tackles, including a season-high seven in a Week 3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Sunday, Green Bay will travel to Cleveland as the Packers look to grab a win while keeping the Browns out of the win column.
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