It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for Packers quarterback Damarious Randall, but he didn’t help his cause on Thursday night.
Reportedly, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com, Randall was benched during Green Bay’s Thursday night game, and in fact, he was sent to the locker room. The third-year pro apparently didn’t take his demotion well, because Rapoport is reporting that after he was sent to the locker room, Randall actually left the stadium.
Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk shed some more light on the situation, citing head coach Mike McCarthy as well as a handful of other reporters. The Packers did confirm that he wasn’t injured.
McCarthy also discussed the situation, per Crabtree:
“Actually, that’s an internal matter that we’ll keep internal and we’ll work through that,” McCarthy said.
A follow-up on if Randall left the bench was greeted with the same response.
“It’s an internal matter and we’re working through it,” he reiterated.
Randall was benched in the game in favor of Josh Hawkins. He’s also seen rookie Kevin King rise up the depth chart and fellow rookie Josh Jones has been making noise in the Packers’ secondary as well.
Randall, who was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Packers (30th overall) obviously had the investment of the organization, but he certainly hasn’t lived up to the expectations so far.
With other defensive backs playing better around him, and this recent incident, one has to wonder if perhaps he can see the writing on the wall in Green Bay.