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Packers’ Geronimo Allison has ‘pretty big injury’; Kevin King likely to miss game


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Wide receiver Geronimo Allison likely will need surgery, and cornerback Kevin King isn’t likely to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

That’s the outlook a day after the Green Bay Packers lost their second straight road game and fell to 3-4-1 at the halfway point of their season.

Allison did not play in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the New England Patriots after he suffered a groin injury in practice Thursday. The third-year receiver was in Philadelphia on Monday to visit Dr. William Meyers, a core-muscle specialist who has operated on Packers players with groin and sports hernia injuries in the past.

“We’ll work through the final prognosis, but it’s a pretty big injury,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Allison could miss more than a month. Rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling took Allison’s spot as the No. 3 receiver on Sunday and caught three passes for 101 yards — his second 100-yard game in his past three outings.

King’s hamstring injury, which forced him out in the middle of Sunday’s game, isn’t as big, but McCarthy said King would be “challenged to play this week.”

The Packers made several adjustments in the secondary against the Patriots. They started the game with cornerback Tramon Williams at safety in place of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was traded to the Washington Redskins last week. Bashaud Breeland started at cornerback in his first game action since the Packers signed him in December. King started at the other corner spot, and rookie Jaire Alexander played in the slot. Fellow rookie Josh Jackson played 41 of the 71 defensive snaps, most of them after King dropped out 24 snaps into the game. The Packers also finished the game without safety Kentrell Brice, who left with a knee injury.

The Packers on Monday added a safety, former fourth-round pick Ibraheim Campbell, off waivers from the Jets. Campbell played for Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during the 2015 season with the Cleveland Browns.

He took punter Drew Kaser‘s roster spot. Kaser was signed on Saturday as an emergency in case JK Scott‘s wife went into labor and he had to leave New England. He would have done so with the blessings of McCarthy and general manager Brian Gutekunst, who had a plane waiting to take Scott back to Green Bay if needed. Kaser instead was inactive.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and linebacker Blake Martinez (ankle) both have a chance to play against the Dolphins after getting injured against the Patriots. Bulaga didn’t finish the game but avoided a serious injury, while Martinez returned but had significant swelling on Monday. Martinez said tests showed no significant structural damage.

“Once I taped it up and did a bunch of stuff and tried to run around, it started to kind of loosen up and I was getting ready to go,” he said.



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Marquette King of Denver Broncos put on injured reserve, Colby Wadman promoted


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Punter Colby Wadman was promoted by the Broncos from their practice squad after Denver put scuffling punter Marquette King on injured reserve with a thigh injury.

King is scheduled to meet with Dr. Kalle Stidham on Monday to examine what could be an aggravation of a possible sports hernia, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. King has battled the injury since organized team activities, according to the source.

King has had a poor first month in Denver after signing a three-year, $7 million deal following his release from the Oakland Raiders last spring.

The Broncos brought in Wadman last week to push King, but King had another bad outing against Kansas City on Monday night, and his 35-yard punt gave the Chiefs great field position in the final minutes for their game-winning touchdown drive in a 27-23 win over the Broncos.

King limped off the field following that punt, and he was sidelined all week as Wadman, who graduated from UC Davis in 2016, got all the work at practice.

The Broncos (2-2) visit the New York Jets (1-3) on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Marquette King of Denver Broncos takes shot at Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden in social media post


DENVER — Denver Broncos punter Marquette King showed Sunday he isn’t quite ready for bygones to be bygones when it comes to the Oakland Raiders and coach Jon Gruden.

Shortly after the Broncos defeated the Raiders 20-19 on a 36-yard field goal by Brandon McManus with six seconds remaining in the game, King took to social media. King posted a video on Twitter that included a Chucky doll with money stuffed into its mouth — an apparent reference to Gruden and the 10-year contract the coach signed with the Raiders this offseason.

King was released by the Raiders on March 30 and there were rumors at the time that King’s outspoken personality and his high profile on social media didn’t mesh with Gruden’s reconstruction of the team’s roster. King agreed to a three-year, $7 million deal with the Broncos on April 5.

At the time King said he had not spoken to Gruden before or after his release by the Raiders, adding, “I never got a chance to talk to him. I just saw him on car commercials and stuff. [Now] I get to see him two times a year.”

King also said he didn’t receive an “exact reason” from anyone with the Raiders about why he was released. This past week when King was asked about Gruden, he simply replied, “Who’s that?”

King punted four times in Sunday’s game as he finished with a 44.1 net yards per punt average (51.0 gross) and he put one punt down inside the Raiders’ 20-yard line.

The Broncos will face the Raiders a second time this season on Christmas Eve, in Oakland.

King was third in the NFL in net punting last season at 42.7 yards. He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and the team signed him to a five-year, $16.5 million contract extension in 2016.





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‘Real Kevin King’ should finally appear in Green Bay Packers camp – Green Bay Packers Blog


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The hooting and hollering from the other end of the locker room was so loud that it interrupted Aaron Rodgers‘ session with reporters. Twice, Rodgers paused and looked to his right, where a group of Green Bay Packers defensive backs were whooping it up.

Kevin King was not among them.

King sat quietly at his locker while a group that included the Packers’ top two 2018 draft picks — Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson — went about their locker room fun.

The same can be said for what’s happened on the field this spring, where the addition of Alexander and Jackson to the cornerback position added some much-needed juice. Meanwhile, King, the Packers’ top draft pick in 2017, has been limited only to individual drills to let his surgically repaired left shoulder heal.

More than a year after the Packers picked him at No. 33 overall, they still haven’t seen King at his best. Assistant coach Joe Whitt, who tutored the cornerbacks last season before his promotion to defensive passing game coordinator, said after King’s season ended prematurely because of the injury that “you haven’t really seen the real Kevin King yet.”

That statement holds true — for now — but Whitt believes that will change soon.

“Hopefully in training camp,” Whitt said this offseason. “Hopefully he’ll be full-go in training camp. He’s been really attentive; he’s worked his butt off in the workroom. The guys in the workroom are just raving about the way his work ethic hasn’t necessarily changed, but from Year 1 to 2 you grow up, and he’s matured that way.

“He’s been in [cornerback] Tramon Williams‘ back pocket the whole time learning, not just necessarily the defense but how to be a pro and how to be in the league 13 years. So he’s doing everything. He’s been in my back pocket, ‘Hey, Joe, what’s the defense here?’ Because he hasn’t been on the field, but he wants to know what every call is. He wants to communicate with myself and [cornerbacks coach] Jason [Simmons] and make sure that he understands the checks on the side so he can get mental reps each time. But you’ll see the real Kevin King come training camp.”

The 6-foot-3 King gave the Packers something they didn’t have — a lanky, long-armed cornerback suited to cover the NFL’s sky-scraping receivers. Almost immediately, however, a shoulder injury that hampered him in college resurfaced. He didn’t make it through the first week of training camp without issue. He tried to play through it for as long as he could, appearing in nine games while wearing a restrictive harness before the Packers shut him down. Despite the injury, he showed he was a willing tackler, and although he didn’t record an interception, he broke up eight passes before he underwent surgery in December to repair the torn labrum.

“I feel good,” King said. “I went to the best surgeon in the world, Dr. [James] Andrews. He got me right, so I feel good.”

Still, the Packers haven’t let King participate in 11-on-11 periods during OTA practices and probably won’t during next week’s minicamp, either. That leaves new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine still somewhat unsure of what he has in the second-year cornerback.

“It’s hard to tell at this point because I know a lot of the film from last year, that he was playing essentially with one arm,” Pettine said. “Just in talking to Joe and Jason, they think the world of him and think the ceiling is real high there. Just looking at him, it surprised me; I didn’t realize how tall he is until I met him in person. Just with receivers getting bigger and bigger — just look at the guys we’ve got to cover in practice — it will be nice to have a corner with that size and length.”

Given how limited King was last season, it seemed curious that one NFL executive already has written off King in comments to ESPN’s Mike Sando for an Insider story evaluating each team’s offseason moves. Said the personnel evaluator: “Green Bay has to take corners because they missed on [Damarious] Randall, they missed on [Quinten] Rollins, they probably missed on the Washington kid last year [Kevin King].”

The Packers brought back Davon House, who started 12 games last season, and re-signed Williams after three years away from Green Bay. Even with the addition of Alexander and Jackson, there’s a good chance King will be one of the two starters on the outside when the season opens. So far, Alexander has looked like a capable No. 3 corner in the slot.

“I think it’s going to be a big jump for him,” House said of King. “I’m excited to see what he looks like healthy because last year he was banged up the whole year, and I thought last year he wasn’t bad at all for a rookie. So I’m excited to see what he brings this year.”



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Oakland Raiders’ Bruce Irvin tweets he wants to be on punt return team vs. Denver Broncos’ Marquette King


ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin seemed to issue more of a promise than a threat to former teammate Marquette King on Twitter Tuesday, potentially setting himself up for a fine, and, possibly, a suspension.

In a series of Tweets, Irvin first posted that he “asked to play punt return today against Denver” during the second day of Oakland’s offseason training program.

The inference is that if Irvin is indeed on the Raiders punt return team, he would go after King, who was released by Oakland on March 30 and then signed with the archrival Denver Broncos six days later.

Tweeting that he had fine money ready for whatever he plans to do to King would not be looked upon favorably by the league, hence the potential for a suspension for premeditation.

Irvin also seemingly Tweeted about King the day he signed with Denver.

To which King responded by posting a link to the video of Drake’s song “God’s Plan.” King, though, has yet to respond to Tuesday’s Tweetstorm.

The 6-foot, 195-pound King has 172,000 Twitter followers, the 6-3, 250-pound Irvin 306,000.

The Raiders had no comment on Irvin’s claims that he will be on the punt return team or on the social media beef, which apparently stems from the Pro Bowl in 2017.

It was there where King posed for a picture with Aqib Talib, reenacting Talib snatching Michael Crabtree‘s gold chain in the 2016 season (Talib did it again in 2017, starting a huge brawl in which both players served one-game suspensions).

King posted the picture on social media and it raised hackles in the Raiders locker room. King deleted the photo upon the request of a high-profile teammate, but screen shots are forever.

As are, apparently, feelings in certain corners of Oakland’s locker room about King and his outsized social media presence.





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Denver Broncos sign former Raiders punter Marquette King to three-year contract


The Denver Broncos have signed free-agent punter Marquette King to a three-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal was worth $7 million.

Pro Football Focus ranked King third among all punters last season, and he finished third in the NFL in net punting average (42.7 yards).

On March 30, the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders released King, whose social media presence was just as large as his punts were booming. While the Raiders did not offer a reason for cutting King, there were whispers that new head coach Jon Gruden’s old-school ways might not have jibed with King’s larger-than-life personality, especially for a punter.

King was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct in consecutive games toward the end of the 2016 season.

“He can’t have another penalty; cannot have another penalty,” then-coach Jack Del Rio said at the time. “I’ve allowed him to have his freedom. I want him to express himself. I think that’s when he’s at his best.

“[But] we can’t have routine 15-yard penalties out of our punter. We’ve got two in a row, two weeks in a row, and that’s got to come to a stop.”

King, 29, originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and the team signed him to a five-year, $16.5 million contract extension in 2016.

Since 2013, when he took over for Shane Lechler in Oakland, King is second in the league in total punts (426), eighth in gross average (46.8 yards), eighth in net average (40.8), third in punts inside the 20-yard line (168) and first in punts inside the 10-yard line (65).

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.



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