As the Green Bay Packers went back to work Tuesday after an extended break, they started to prepare for a big matchup with a diminished secondary.
Coach Mike McCarthy announced Tuesday that cornerback Damarious Randall, who had been sidelined with a groin injury, underwent surgery and is out this week.
The timing couldn’t be any worse with the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons and their potent passing attack, led by quarterback Matt Ryan and playmaking receiver Julio Jones, up next.
“That’s just the way things go,” Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson said. “If you look at every single team in the league, they’re beat up from top to bottom. So that’s just the way it goes.”
The Packers must try to slow down Jones without their top two and possibly top three cornerbacks from the start of the season.
Veteran Sam Shields is on injured reserve after not playing since the Sept. 11 season opener, when he suffered a concussion.