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Green Bay Packers

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  Cornerback Damarious Randall, who led the Packers with four interceptions, underwent hand surgery Monday.

Multiple media outlets reported the 2015 first-round pick was undergoing surgery in New York and he confirmed it by tweeting: "Truly amazing how doctors and whoever else help created this medicine. #YouTheRealMVP"

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Randall's surgery was to repair a small bone that had been bothering him throughout the season. His recovery time is estimated to be six to eight weeks.

Randall underwent the surgery despite never being listed on Green Bay's injury report with a hand injury. He was listed as questionable twice with a hamstring injury and missed the final two games of the season with a knee injury.

Randall led all Packers cornerbacks in playing time even though he was benched for the second half of the Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears for an incident on the sideline that stemmed from his frustration about a miscommunication in the secondary resulting in a touchdown.

He returned the following week and recorded an interception in three straight games. Overall, Randall finished with nine passes defended after struggling through an injury-plagued 2016.

After Green Bay fired longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers, Randall was critical of the team's defense.

In 39 games (30 starts), Randall has 10 interceptions and 124 tackles. He also has 32 passes defended and two interception returns for touchdowns.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had minor knee surgery recenty. The surgery was described as a "cleanup" procedure, so Matthews should be ready for any offseason work.

Matthews played in 14 games this past season and recorded 7.5 sacks. The two games he missed were for a groin injury and a hamstring injury not a knee problem.

The 2018 season represents the final year of Matthews' five-year, $66 million contract. He could earn up to $11.4 million in salary and bonuses next season.

The 31-year-old Matthews has been named to the Pro Bowl six times, and he was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2010.

Wide receiver Davante Adams wasn't allowed to speak with reporters the last two weeks because he was in the concussion protocol program. Adams was cleared from the program, though, before leaving town and was naturally thrilled with the four-year, $58 million contract extension he signed last week.

"To be in this position where I can provide for my family and generations of my family, it's a great feeling for me," Adams said. "My support system, my circle is small but it's tight and everybody's real proud of me.

"It's not just for me, it's for my city. To do this and be kind of the model for the young kids and the youth in my area - or even around the nation - to have somebody to look at and look at the process and just show you that if you're patient and diligent that good things can come, so I'm glad to be able to do that and be a poster child for some of these kids out here."

Adams suffered two concussions this season and has had three in the last 14 months. Both of Adams' concussions this year, though, came on illegal hits that earned Chicago's Danny Trevathan and Carolina's Thomas Davis one-game suspensions.

Despite the rough season, Adams insisted that he's 100 percent now and isn't worried about his long-term health.

"Real, real ugly hits," Adams said of the blows that knocked him out of games. "This last one (by Davis), it's tough because everybody saw how it looked and I think people overreacted a little bit with some of it. But just taking precaution, you don't want to be stupid out there with head injuries and things like that.

"It's not like I'm falling and hitting my head and getting concussions. It's people out here doing malicious things to take me off the field. When it happens twice, it kind of gets to you a little bit, and you just want to be a little safe and take precaution and make sure you're not damaging yourself long term."

Outside linebacker Nick Perry signed a five-year, $60 million deal in March, 2017. Perry then played in just 12 games this year and posted seven sacks.

During Perry's six years in Green Bay, he's never played a full season and has missed 24 of a possible 96 games due to injury.

"It's disappointing, you know?" Perry said. "I wish I can give a speech and I wish I can be healthy at all times, but in this game it rarely happens. Tough breaks again. I have to continue to approach the game the same way I've been over the course of the years and continue to find ways to improve those things.

"It's going to happen, and you just try to find ways to prevent it. Came up short on that end. Gotta get back to the drawing board and figure out other ways to improve on that and just continue to be available and consistent out there, you know?"

Center Corey Linsley would have been a top target on the free-agent market in March. But the Packers signed Linsley to a three-year deal on Saturday that will pay him up to $25.5 million.

"Obviously, I think this is an amazing place," Linsley said after the loss to the Lions. "I was unbelievably fortunate to get drafted here and for them to make a financial investment into the next three years, that means a lot to me. I have to hold up my end of the bargain and compete and get better and grow as a player, which I expect to do. That investment into me, I appreciate it and I'm looking forward to three good seasons."

Safety Morgan Burnett wasn't one of the Packers to receive a new contract last weekend. Instead, Burnett - who just finished his eighth season with the Packers - appears set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

"My situation is I just sit back," Burnett said. "I know God has me covered. I have a lot of faith, so I'm just going to see where the chips fall from there."

Burnett turns 29 on Jan. 13 and believes he has a lot of good football left. Whether or not that's in Green Bay remains to be seen.

"Of course, I want to be back with my brothers," Burnett said. "This band, this locker room, this bond that we built, it's fun playing with these guys.

"I hate that we've got to end it now, because now it means everyone is going to go their separate ways. You're going to miss, I'm going to miss everyone in this locker room, because we have a tight bond and you're going to miss your brothers."

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