GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY)- Damarious Randall and Malachi Dupre are in the concussion protocol with the Packers; but both players returned to the team on Friday after absorbing vicious hits to the head in Thursday night’s preseason win over the Eagles. “Malachi Dupre and actually Damarious Randall both were here today,” head coach Mike McCarthy said Friday afternoon. “Good spirits, both doing good and they’re both in the concussion protocol.”
Dupre was sent to a local hospital Thursday night for tests after taking a wicked shot from the Eagles Tre Sullivan.
Here's the hit on Malachi Dupre: pic.twitter.com/agGRO5LNaA— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) August 11, 2017
The rookie receiver sent out this tweet last night, the first encouraging sign that he escaped a very serious injury.
Thanks for all the prayers they are definitely being felt.. I am okay! #GoPackGo— Malachi Dupre (@MalachiDupre) August 11, 2017
Then this afternoon, he confirmed he was back at the team's facility with this tweet:
Glad to be at work today with my brothers ����— Malachi Dupre (@MalachiDupre) August 11, 2017
Randall suffered his concussion in the first quarter on a wicked crack back block by Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs. It, like the hit on Dupre, appeared to be of questionable legality.
The play Damarious Randall got hurt on. Never saw WR Bryce Treggs. pic.twitter.com/81I3w30nNx— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) August 11, 2017
After reviewing tape of the hits on Friday, McCarthy said they were illegal. He has sent a tape of those hits to the NFL office for evaluation.
“There’s emphasis each and every year about how can we make the league better. Obviously, player safety is at the forefront of that, and when you see things like those two hits last night, they’re definitely of concern. You don’t want to see your players ever get injured, specifically if it’s not within the climate of what the league’s looking for as far as the proper way to block or so forth.”
Coach McCarthy also said Friday that backup center Don Barclay’s ankle injury does not appear to be as bad as initially feared, although there is no timetable for his return.