Defensive back up and running

Bhawoh Jue feels like he is starting all over again to prove that he can play cornerback in the National Football League. Only this year he has a head start not only with experience but health.<p>

Though he has started at safety for the Green Bay Packers, Jue made it perfectly clear where he wants to line up on a consistent basis when training camp opens in July.

"Don't tell coach this but I'm a corner," Jue insisted. "I'm a corner, man. That's where I like playing. The way I look at is they needed me to play a little bit of safety because we had low numbers over there. I'm a corner. I'm trying to put it behind me now."

Jue has been riddled with injuries the past two seasons. He underwent surgery last November to repair a hernia/groin injury that bothered him since his rookie season in 2001. He also had arthroscopic surgery in January to remove a bone spur on his right ankle. During his rooking season, he injured his knee and ankle early in training camp during a "Family Night" scrimmage, then suffered a rib injury in the final week of the season and was forced into a backup role for the playoffs.

Jue missed the first half of training camp last year with a groin injury. Though Jue was able to compete when the season opened, he was bothered by the injury and eventually was placed on injured reserve last October. Doctors eventually diagnosed Jue with a hernia.

Before he was placed on injured reserve, the coaching staff was frustrated because Jue was often physically limited and unable to participate in practices and some games. Jue was frustrated because the doctors were unable to immediately pinpoint the problem.

"In my defense, I felt terrible every day," Jue said. "It all came out in the end. When you have a hernia ... rolling over in bed at night kind of hurt. The thing was I understood both sides. I felt there was some pressure coming down on me. I wanted to be out there playing and (Coach Mike Sherman) wanted me to be out there playing."

Thus far in the team's minicamp this week, Sherman has been impressed with Jue, who is getting back up to speed at left cornerback behind Mike McKenzie.

"He looks like a different player out there," Sherman said after the team's first practice on Monday. "He's a lot quicker than I remember him. I thought he did some nice things out there today."

Sherman said Jue will practice a little at safety, where he started seven games as a rookie for the injured LeRoy Butler, but cornerback is more his "natural position."

"It's great that they found out what was wrong and they fixed it," said defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. "He's ready to go. He's almost full speed. He's getting back into the camp and the rhythm. In training camp we should see his performance spike up."

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