Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King watched the preseason unfold from the sideline while dealing with a lingering hamstring injury. Fortunately, it seems he could be nearing a return.
According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, King was able to get some work in at practice:
Packers CB Kevin King returned to practice today. We’ll see what extent he practices later on in the injury report, but a promising sign for King.
This is certainly an encouraging update for the Packers. Although his status for the 2019 NFL season opener still has yet to be determined, his ability to practice indicates that the injury is not too severe.
King has flashed plenty of promise since being taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him from taking that next step in his development. The 24-year-old has played only 15 games through the first two seasons of his career and finished both of those on injured reserve.
There was concern that his current hamstring issues were related to the ones that ended his 2018 campaign early. Head coach Matt LaFleur has since dispelled any notion that they might be connected. Regardless, King's health will certainly be something to monitor throughout the course of this season.
The Packers kick things off with an NFC North showdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 1. They will need to be at full strength on both sides of the ball if they hope to get started off on the right foot. Fortunately, there is good reason to be optimistic now that both King and tight end Jimmy Graham have returned to practice.