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Packers’ Randall undergoes hand surgery

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall underwent minor hand surgery Monday, according to multiple reports.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which first reported news of the surgery, said it was to repair a small bone that had been bothering Randall the entire 2017 season.

Randall, 25, is expected to need six to eight weeks of recovery time, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Randall, the Packers’ first-round pick (30th overall) in 2015, bounced back from an early-season benching to lead the team with four interceptions despite missing the final two games because of a knee injury.

An incident on the sideline during the Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears led Randall being sent to the locker room during the second half after he was benched. He returned to the lineup the next week and had an interceptions in three consecutive games.

Randall was critical of the defense’s coaching, and which drew a strong response from head coach Mike McCarthy, although coordinator Dom Capers was fired after the Packers’ 7-9 season ended.

"You’re talking about words of frustration," McCarthy said after the season. "I’ll tell you want I told Damarious — he needs to focus on himself. He’s got to clean his own house. That’s what I look for him to do in the offseason. He did a lot of really good things.

"We all understand what happened in the Chicago game, but I thought from the Chicago game on he played at a very high level. He probably played the best football of his career, but then he didn’t play the last two games. He needs to go home and self-evaluate and clean his own house. We all need to clean our own house."

Randall is the second Packers’ defensive player to undergo surgery since the season ended. Linebacker Clay Matthews had his knee cleaned out last week, according to ESPN.

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