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Sideline drama: Packers’ Randall banished to locker room

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) rushes with the football in front of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during the fourth quarter Thursday night at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Sports Xchange

GREEN BAY — Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall was benched after allowing a touchdown pass to Kendall Wright late in the first half of Thursday’s 35-14 victory over the visiting Chicago Bears.

Then Randall was sent to the locker room by Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy wouldn’t elaborate what took place between Randall and Green Bay’s coaches leading up to it. But McCarthy did say the matter would be handled internally and Randall would be with the team when it returns to work Tuesday.

“Damarious Randall last night, it was a coach’s decision, my decision to send him to the locker room,” McCarthy said. “And frankly, we’ve got to be real honest here, we’re going to start evaluating and regulating conversation and things that go on on an NFL sideline? Let’s be real here.

“I know someone might make a good drama series out of it or something, but it’s not going to happen here. It’s an internal matter as I stated (Thursday) night. Anytime things happen throughout the course of our operation, whether it’s in a game, practice and so forth, I can promise you there’s dialogue and it’s an internal matter that’s being handled internally. I will make it clear because it was on the field. It was a coach’s decision, my decision, for Damarious to go into the locker room.”


--Linebacker Clay Matthews became the Packers’ all-time leader in sacks with 75, passing former defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74.5). Matthews got the record after a strip-sack on Bears quarterback Mike Glennon.

“To me, after that play, I wanted a few more,” Matthews said. “It’s cool to be up there with some of the greats, especially in such an amazing organization. That’s pretty cool, but the further I’m removed from it, the more it will mean to me.”

--Green Bay now leads the all-time series against Chicago, 95-94-6 (including playoffs). This marks the first time the Packers have led the series since 1933.

--Running back Ty Montgomery suffered broken ribs against Chicago and could miss some time. The Packers’ next game is Oct. 8 against Dallas.

“I really don’t have a clear answer on exactly what Ty is dealing with and how he can move forward,” McCarthy said. “I know today the conversation with the trainers, as far as his conversation with the trainers, he’s preparing to get ready to play in Dallas.”

--Running back Jamaal Williams suffered a knee injury against Chicago, but it didn’t involve any ligament damage. Williams could be back as early as Week 5.