That’s what Green Bay Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said about Davon House playing in Sunday’s playoff game against Dallas.
House missed the last three games with a broken scapula sustained during the fourth quarter against Atlanta on Dec. 8. If House is ready to play at a high level after a month-long layoff, he’ll play. If he’s not ready to play at a high level, he won’t play.
To find out, Whitt recently put House through a grueling workout.
“My whole thing was I wanted to make sure that his legs were ready from a game aspect,” Whitt said. “Our conditioning staff does an outstanding job getting these guys ready. I wasn’t trying to get his conditioning back up – we have people for that. I wanted to get his legs to where he can bend and go play and, if he’s needed to play in this game, he’s ready to play at a winning level – not at a good level. Usually when guys come back and play after they’ve been down, they’re rusty. This is not the time for rust. I’m trying to be as difficult on him and everybody else at this point so when they do play, they’re ready to play championship-style football other than, ‘Well, was it because of the layoff that he didn’t play well?’ I don’t want to hear that and I don’t want to be asked that. I want him to play well or I know that he’s not ready and I’m not going to put him out there at all.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said House has had two good practices to start the week. Whether that’s enough to get him reps in the Packers’ crowded secondary remains to be seen.
The 6-foot House would seem to be a potential option against All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant. The last time House played, he was the only cornerback who had any measure of success against Atlanta’s Julio Jones. However, he was injured in that game when he fell on Jones knee while breaking up a pass in the end zone.
“Yeah, it sucks but, at the same time, I feel like I’m just doing my job,” House said. “I made one of the plays out there against Atlanta and my mind-set was that’s nothing new, this is what I do. So when people are like, ‘Oh, you had an awesome game,’ I’m like, ‘This is what I do. I do this for a living.’ I feel like I’m great at what I do. Just ready for the opportunity to go out there.”
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