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By Dan Arkush

We hear there are indeed some Packers players who thought second-year CB Brandon Underwood might be an accident waiting to happen since being drafted in the sixth round in 2009 out of Cincinnati. But we also hear Underwood's roster spot is far from being in jeopardy in spite of the alleged sexual assault charges levied against him following a boisterous party last weekend at a Lake Delton (Wis.) resort.

Suffice it to say the six other Packers who were cleared of any wrongdoing by Lake Delton police — OG Josh Sitton, OLBs Brad Jones and Clay Matthews, FB Korey Hall, QB Matt Flynn and S Khalil Jones — were more than a bit miffed after having their names dragged through the dirt, by association, after the charge was made public. But Sitton did step up to the plate on Underwood's behalf, publicly stating that he thought the allegations against Underwood were "bogus."

There's no denying the charge made an impact on a remorseful Underwood, who felt compelled to publicly apologize to his teammates Wednesday during an OTA interview session with the local media. But while it's quite likely he has been issued a stern warning from team higher-ups, the consensus is that the Packers' far-from-solid situation at cornerback pretty much makes Underwood a lock to remain on the team. Not only is Underwood considered an up-and-coming player with excellent long-range potential, his importance in the secondary has been further magnified by the fact three other Packers corners — regular starting RCB Al Harris and reserves Patrick Lee and Will Blackmon — are coming off season-ending knee injuries, and restricted free agent Tramon Williams, the usual No. 3 corner, has yet to sign his tender.


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