Packers LB Nick Perry out this week with hand injury

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 7, 2016 – 1:54 pm

161207-perry-950GREEN BAY — Packers outside LB Nick Perry tried to play a few snaps last week with a huge club on his injured hand, but he has to take some time off now.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced prior to Wednesday’s practice that Perry would be out this week, unavailable for Sunday’s game vs. Seattle, and the team will be re-evaluating his status next Monday.

“I feel terrible for Nick. He’s having a great season, clearly his best season,” McCarthy said of Perry, who leads the Packers with eight sacks. “He’s had a setback.

“I don’t know the specifics of how long it’s going to be. Talking to Nick, he wants to go. That’s why we’re going to look at it Monday and see where it is.”

McCarthy also said LB Clay Matthews would not practice either Wednesday or Thursday and would try to have his injured shoulder stronger for Sunday’s game than it was last week, when it was a struggle to play.

“He was extremely limited in the game,” McCarthy said. “Each week it’s going to get better. That’s the hope. As far as having a setback, it didn’t help him playing in the game, but I think it speaks volumes about Clay and gutting it out.

“We’ll get to Saturday and see where we are. He wants to try to get some strength back in the shoulder.”

On the plus side of the injury report, offensive linemen T.J. Lang (foot) and JC Tretter (knee) are both expected to begin transitioning from rehab work into practice drills this week. McCarthy did not say their return was imminent, but they continue to make progress.

QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) was expected to be limited in Wednesday’s practice, much like he was last week.

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McCarthy wants crowd noise ‘higher than ever’ on Sunday

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 2, 2016 – 9:58 am

161202-crowd-950GREEN BAY — The Packers are back at home for the first time in four games and for just the second time in their last six games, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy hopes the crowd can provide the home-field advantage Green Bay has come to expect over the years.

That hasn’t always been the case this season, as the home fans have expressed frustration at times, particularly in the last home game vs. Indianapolis, but the Packers are hoping their big Monday night win in Philadelphia that kept their postseason hopes alive will help energize the crowd on Sunday vs. Houston.

“When the crowd is into the game, crowd noise is important,” McCarthy said on Friday. “The game of football is done with a lot of communication, so if you can challenge the communication of the opponent, it’s obviously an advantage to the home team. We want the crowd noise to be higher than ever.”

As for the latest injury update, McCarthy said QB Aaron Rodgers “looked good” in his limited reps due to a hamstring injury during Thursday’s practice, while LBs Clay Matthews (shoulder) and Jake Ryan (ankle) did what was expected of them in practice, and LB Blake Martinez (knee) actually did more.

“We’ll see how he comes through today,” McCarthy said of Martinez. “Tomorrow will be key for all those guys.”

G T.J. Lang (foot) and C/G JC Tretter (knee) will have to clear “a big hurdle” in order to return this week, McCarthy added.

Saturday’s practice will be a bit longer than normal, as McCarthy moved a period or two from Thursday’s workout to Saturday’s because the team is coming off a Monday night game.

 


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On Aaron Rodgers in Philadelphia: ‘He was locked in’

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 1, 2016 – 6:05 pm

161202-rodgers-coordinators-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and offensive assistant coaches met with the media late on Thursday after practice. Here’s a sampling of some of their key comments.

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Texans PR Will Fuller)

“He’s fast. Real fast. They have very, very good skill guys on the edge to keep you from getting down there. We have to place the ball extremely well and make sure he doesn’t have a chance to get going.”

(on coverage teams vs. Philly)

“We challenged them and I thought they took the challenged. We placed the ball well, and they went and covered well. This time of year, we have to play every game like that.”

(on if the return team can break one)

“We’ve been so close. I told the guys (in meetings) I’m so sick of coming in here and there’s one little thing here or one little things there that keep us from taking it where we want to go. You keep working, and then it takes a little lady luck there.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Spriggs playing the full game at RG)

“It wasn’t always picture-perfect, but he did a really good job. Overall, it’s about results, and he got the job done. You look at the tape, and you see the effort. We can correct the fundamental and technique errors, but you see the effort.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins)

“He’s an elite receiver, obviously. He’s really strong. You probably see more pass interference penalties on Hopkins than anybody else. You see the flags come out because he’s physical. People try to double him, and they do a good job of moving him around where they can get him in one-on-one situations.”

(on Texans RB Lamar Miller)

“He’s got explosive speed. He can really cut and get in and out of his breaks. He’s got such acceleration, if you give him a seam in the defense, he can take it all the way. They utilize him a  lot. He’s carried the ball over 200 times and has 30 receptions or so.”

(on the possible return of LBs Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez)

“We’d love to have them both back. You prepare for the worst, and if you get good news, you’re happy about that. This past week, moving Clay inside was the right move in terms of getting our best personnel on the field.”

Wide receivers coach Luke Getsy
(on WR Davante Adams)

“He understands a lot more of what we’re trying to do and how to do it. Three years under his belt helps. Getting more exposure, not just lining up in one spot, he’s taking advantage of it. I like where his mindset it.

“For every single route, he has an idea what he wants to accomplish. He’s going full speed, and his play speed and tempo are really good right now. He’s attacking. You’re not seeing mental errors, you’re not seeing drops. You’re seeing a guy who has a plan for each person he’s going to line up against.”

Offensive line coach James Campen
(on preparing for the Texans D-line)

“They’re going to roll out a different game plan for everything. You have to watch more tape, more games, more sequences of games. You watch teams that do similar things to us.”

(on Jason Spriggs at RG vs. Fletcher Cox in Philly)

“He had his moments, which you would expect for a first start when he’s never played guard. You have a 6-6 ½ guy in there at guard, I’ll say this, the guy battled. He used his strengths, which is good for him, and he’ll only improve from that experience regardless if he’s playing guard or tackle. When you play against one of the premier players in the league your first start, you have to look at that as a great opportunity and a great learning experience. I know he’ll take that experience and apply it to the next game.”

Associate head coach/offense Tom Clements
(on the third-down success in Philly)

“I think what happened primarily is we got the first third down converted, so we felt good about that, but we were in a lot of manageable situations. We were in third-and-short a number of times, not too many third-and-longs. That’s what we said going in the game. Guys made plays. Aaron ran for two or three first downs. That’s always a bonus. He was on, the guys were catching the ball, and the line was blocking. Everybody was doing what they were supposed to be doing.”

Quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt
(on Rodgers’ performance in Philly)

“I thought it was his best performance of the year. He was locked in. He was almost perfect with the ball. He did everything we ask him to do. He operated at a high level. This last month, he’s played outstanding. Hopefully we continue to keep that trend going.”

(on the effect on himself of his comments before the game)

“When he makes a statement, he backs it up. That’s my experience with him over the last few years.”

(on Rodgers’ release time on the quick throws)

“That’s a unique trait of his. From the time he gets it to the time it comes out, it’s lightning quick. Sometimes he’ll throw it by an unblocked defensive end, and he won’t even see it because it comes out so fast.”

(on Rodgers vs. the blitz)

“Best I’ve been around, by far. He understands it. He sees it before it happens sometimes. He studies it. He’s dialed in as well as anybody I’ve ever seen.”

Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio
(on Cook’s impact on defenses)

“They have to make a decision with the safeties, which way they’re going to lean. I think that showed up a little bit in the Washington game. But we’ll see a little bit as we move forward.

“Targets are dictated where the coverage goes and where the progression goes. With this offense, it can go to any of the receivers. Some weeks it might be this position, or this receiver in the plan, other weeks it might be others.”

Running backs coach Ben Sirmans
(on Starks, pass protection, and taking the most reps in Philly)

“Sometimes dealing with a guy who’s seasoned in a role, particularly in a game like that, you have a tendency as a coach to go with your comfort level. Christine has gotten a lot more reps this week, so we should be able to get him in there a lot more.”

(on Lacy, now that he won’t be coming off IR)

“He’s still in the meetings. He’s still involved. It’s good for him, good to be around the guys. They like his presence in there, and it keeps him around football.”

(on Michael picking up the offense)

“I think he’s learning the offense pretty well. Some of the things we do, there’s some carryover. Maybe some terminology is different. We’ve been spending some extra time together. The quarterbacks have been working with him. The other running backs, if he has a question on something or we’re going through a walk-through, they’ll come in and say this is what we’re talking about. Somebody is always interacting with him. He’s a sponge learning. He wants to play, and he knows the only way to play is to understand the offense.”

 


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McCarthy wants to get more running backs involved

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 1, 2016 – 9:51 am

161201-michael-950GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy confessed on Thursday that he wants to get more of the Packers’ running backs involved in the offense.

On Monday in Philadelphia, RB James Starks had 17 carries, while Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael had just one apiece. That wasn’t the plan going in, and it won’t be the plan going forward, based on what he said before Thursday’s practice.

“We need to find a healthy flow there,” McCarthy said. “That’s what the week of practice is for.

“James knows the offense inside and out, so you don’t blink when he’s in there. I feel the same about Ty. Christine Michael has picked it up really fast. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen there.”

With the calendar turning to December, McCarthy feels there needs to be more focus on running the ball.

“We have to figure out ways to get the ball in our playmakers’ hands,” he said. “We need to run the ball more as a football team, not only for our offense but also for our defense. Hitting the 35 (minute) mark in time of possession last week, you’d like to be there every week ideally. It’s a part of the offense we haven’t been able to use as a primary focus. It’s important to get that going.”

McCarthy also expects the Houston Texans to come to Lambeau Field on Sunday wanting to run the ball with RB Lamar Miller “and keep running it. We need to stop the run.”

On the injury front, G T.J. Lang (foot) and LB Blake Martinez (knee) are making progress and could practice on Thursday in a limited fashion, but their status hadn’t been determined yet. They were going to start in the rehab group and see how things go from there. Both rookie Jason Spriggs and Don Barclay would continue to work in practice at right guard throughout the week in Lang’s stead.

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Rodgers, Matthews expected to play vs. Texans

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on November 30, 2016 – 11:40 am

161130-rodgers-950GREEN BAY — Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have an update on the health of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews other than both are expected to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Rodgers tweaked his hamstring in the third quarter of Monday night’s 27-13 win over Philadelphia, but finished the game. He said afterward he thought he’d be “good to go” for this week despite the injury.

Asked on Monday whether the muscle injury could limit Rodgers like the calf strain late in the 2014 season, McCarthy said: “I don’t think we’re back in 2014.”

“There will be a lot of communication,” said McCarthy about the plan for Rodgers against Houston. “I’m in all the meetings. We’ll be talking about the game plan as we go. There was a lot of conversation last night with (quarterbacks coach) Alex Van Pelt and Aaron. The calf injury was a big injury. We made a ton of adjustments. For him to play through that was extraordinary.”

Matthews left briefly in the first quarter with a shoulder injury against the Eagles, but returned and played 44 defensive snaps.

The Packers won’t practice on Wednesday due to the short week and coming off back-to-back night games. Instead, they’ll conduct their walkthrough in their conditioning, rehab and instruction center.

McCarthy said this week is the team’s “biggest challenge” given the schedule and the fact the Packers are playing Houston for the first time in four years.

“When you look at schedule, we’re not only coming off a Monday night game on the east Coast, it was a Sunday night game on the road,” McCarthy said. “Stress adds up. This plan was in place in the spring when the schedule came out. We knew this was going to be a unique stretch. We’re fortunate to have the CRIC, so we’ll work exclusively in-house. We moved it back, gave those guys a chance to sleep in. They had weight room this morning.”


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McCarthy ‘optimistic’ on LB Jake Ryan, ‘hopeful’ on CB Damarious Randall

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 26, 2016 – 10:19 am

161126-ryan-950GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism on Saturday that LB Jake Ryan would be able to return to the field on Monday night after missing two games with an ankle injury.

“Talking with Jake, during practice, after practice, he feels good,” McCarthy said. “I’m very optimistic that he’s going to go. He’s a tough guy. Practice tomorrow, God forbid something happens, I see Jake playing.”

McCarthy also said he’s “very hopeful” CB Damarious Randall would be able to return to action also. Randall has missed the last five games, and six of the last seven, with a groin injury.

“Randall had a good day yesterday,” McCarthy said. “I feel good about the work he’s put in this week. He’s making progress and getting better.”

At right guard, the Packers are still undecided on starter T.J. Lang’s replacement. Lang is expected to miss a second straight game due to an ankle injury, with Don Barclay and rookie Jason Spriggs both taking snaps in practice to prepare. Barclay tried to play through a shoulder injury last week and was replaced by Spriggs at halftime, but Barclay has made progress in his recovery.

“Donnie practiced very well yesterday,” McCarthy said. “We’ve rolled Jason in there a little bit. Donnie is a little further ahead than I anticipated. We’ll take the full week of preparation.”

The Packers have one more on-field workout Sunday before boarding the team charter to fly to Philadelphia for Monday night’s game.

 


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Packers assistants: ‘It’s time for us to get it done’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on November 25, 2016 – 5:14 pm

161125-rollins-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and defensive coaches addressed the media Friday afternoon. Here’s a synopsis of some of their key comments.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers

On how LB Jake Ryan was playing before ankle injury:

I really liked our combination in there with Blake and Jake. What we’re asking them to do, they were doing a good job. You’ve got a first year guy and a rookie. I think Jake is your typical from Year 1 to Year 2, he’s made some pretty good strides and we’re excited to see him back out there.

On CB Damarious Randall’s playmaking ability:

One thing has been missing this season has been the turnovers. A big part of that is the more guys you put on the field who have those kind of abilities, the better your chances are because you never know when it’s going to happen. We’ve seen him through the preseason and regular season to be able to go take the ball away.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett

On Philadelphia’s defense:

They’re playing really well at home. You look at what they’re doing on tape. They fly around and make plays. What stands out is their discipline. We have to continue to be disciplined and execute in certain situations to make sure we take full advantage of every opportunity we have.

On having two traditional RBs:

It certainly helps. Obviously you want some balance. At the same time, you want to do what’s necessary to win the football game. It opens up the opportunity for play-action pass. The key is to just execute and take full advantage of the situation.

Special-teams coordinator Ron Zook

On whether the Eagles use returners Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner at the same time on kickoffs:

They have. They did last week. I think that’s what they’ll probably do so you can’t kick away from them. They’re both very good. They do a good job. … (Smallwood) can run, he’s fast, he’s strong. They feel that and those guys do a good job of blocking as well. They’re very well-coached.

On Jake Schum’s production recently:

Placement. We’re not where we were in punt coverage last year at this point in time. You get a return here or there, a missed tackle, there’s so many little things that can go wrong, but the big thing is ball placement. I think Jake is getting into a little bit of rhythm. He has to place the ball where we need to place it and we have to go down and cover.

Associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss

On Clay Matthews getting acclimated after injury:

The mind and the will might have been willing and wanted to in so many ways, but this is pro football against a very good team. To get back into the flow, it might not always be as easy as you think. We’re looking forward to him to him getting back to his old play-making self.

On not having Matthews for three games:

When you have a player of Clay’s ability and he’s not in there, the defense doesn’t benefit. When he’s in there, he’s shown he can be a game-changer. When you don’t’ have that type of player in there, you do the best you can with the next set of available players. Datone Jones is so close to breaking through and making plays. He’s very complimentary in the pass rush. The last time we won a game, he hits the quarterback, ball flies out and Nick Perry gets the interception. You look at Perry, he’s been very solid. We’re trying to find the blend with Julius to make sure he plays enough. All he does is make big plays at crucial times.

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt

On Damarious Randall working his way back:

That’s what we get paid for. Nobody really cares about the rust or what have you. The only thing that matters is how you perform on game day. Hopefully when he does come back, he gives us the plays we need for a winning performance.

On mounting injuries at cornerback:

It’s not necessarily hard on me. I’m not doing a very good job of getting guys to produce on game day. That’s what it all comes down to. What they do in practice – they’ve had some really nice practices, but at the end of the day, we get paid to win football games and it’s my job to make sure no matter who goes out there, they’re executing and playing at a level that we can win games, and making splash plays. That’s what we’re typically known for. I tell my guys as long as the quarterback plays well and the cornerback plays well, we’re winning here at the Green Bay Packers and I firmly believe that. We have to play better. I don’t care who goes out there and I have to coach better. I’m not going to any excuses. It’s time to make plays. It’s time to get it done and we can do it. If we want to have the success that we’re going to have, then we better do it. It’s as simple as that.

On Sam Shields’ season being over:

He and William Gay are two of the guys I’m closest to that I’ve coached. I just want to make sure that when we comes back (to Green Bay), he’s Sam Shields, the person, that’s all I care about. That’s what he’s taking care of. He’s with his family. He’s with his little girls. I know their bringing him plenty of joy at this moment. That’s the best place for him. The football part of it is going to take care of itself. He’s meant a lot to me over the past couple years and I’m just looking forward to having him back around and being around because he’s a fun guy, he’s a good guy to be with and he bring so much to this team.

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac

On using Mike Daniels in third-down situations:

We have a little rotation going there. We kind of judge it a little bit on the down-and-distance, too. He was in there during the Indianapolis game where we got the pick off the good rush. We’re trying to mix it up a little bit and keep those guys fresh. If he’s in a game situation where it’s a middle-of-the-road down, we’ll try to keep him in.

On Kenny Clark’s development:

I think Kenny is coming along well. He had some really good plays in the game, fighting through pass rush. That’s a little bit of that job, particularly when you’re only rushing four. I thought he did a really nice job. They try to run a duo-play on him and he did a nice job of holding his ground there. I think he’s going to be a fine player.

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley

On how Jake Ryan looked at Thursday’s practice:

It’s exciting to get him back out there. At the same of practice, I was a little concerned with being outside on the slick conditions. Moving around today was a blessing. I think he’s feeling better and better. We know he does a great job and can help us out.

On difference Ryan makes inside:

Jake’s a big part of it. He’s made a big stride from Year 1 to Year 2. It’s unfortunate he’s not out there. As an inside linebacker group, we have to step up and pick up the slack. It can’t be two good plays and then one breaks out on you. You have do your job and pick up the slack for the guys who aren’t out there. There’s no excuse. We have to go out there and get the job done.

Safeties coach Darren Perry

On all the moving parts on defense:

I don’t think trying to do too much. We have some moving parts, but the guys who are out there know what they’re doing. We just have to do it better. We’ve had some guys in positions and we just haven’t made the plays whether it’s third down or first-and-10.

On limiting tight-end production:

When you think back – I hate to go back to Tennessee, but that was the one game where we probably weren’t at our best. It was pad level. We corrected that. Our guys have the ability. We have to make sure our technique is on point. Ability-wise, it’s there. We just have to make sure we’re dialed in and focused.


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Packers LB Jake Ryan returning to practice on Friday

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 25, 2016 – 10:54 am

161125-ryan-950GREEN BAY — Packers LB Jake Ryan is set to return to practice for the Packers’ defense on Friday, Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced.

It will be important for Ryan to return, given that rookie LB Blake Martinez is now out with a knee injury. Ryan, Martinez and Joe Thomas have taken the bulk of the snaps at inside linebacker for the Packers this season, and Ryan’s recent absence necessitated the promotion of Carl Bradford to the active roster to have any depth at the position.

“Everything looks good with Jake so far,” McCarthy said of Ryan, who is recovering from an ankle injury. “We need him. Definitely, Jake Ryan is important to how we move forward. He’s made a ton of progress. I’m excited to see him out at practice today. It’s great to have him back.”

Ryan has missed essentially the last two games. He was injured on an early punt at Tennessee two weeks ago and was out of the game before Green Bay’s defense ever took the field. He then missed last week’s game at Washington.

It’s probably not a coincidence that the Packers’ run defense has allowed its two biggest runs against it with Ryan out of the lineup, a 75-yarder at Tennesssee and a 66-yarder at Washington. Prior to Ryan’s departure, the longest run against the Packers this season was just 29 yards by the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott.

“He’s really comfortable with what’s being asked of him,” McCarthy said of Ryan in his second season. “The adjustment part of it is cleaner for him. He’s playing a lot faster. He’s a heck of a football player. He’s instinctive, he’s tough.”

As for QB Aaron Rodgers’ comment on Wednesday that he thinks the Packers “can run the table,” McCarthy had no qualms about it.

“I love it. It’s an expression of confidence,” McCarthy said. “That’s a statement he made. I read about it just like everybody else. It just shows what’s going on internally. The fact of the matter is you have to win the next game. We all get that part. This is a big challenge going to Philadelphia.”

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Where to watch Monday night’s Packers-Eagles game

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 25, 2016 – 9:00 am

161123-starks-950– If you’re looking for a Packers bar airing the game, try the search feature on Packers Everywhere.

– ESPN is in its 11th season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Sean McDonough is joined by analyst Jon Gruden for the 47th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action.

– Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action, with Steve Tasker reporting from the sidelines and Jim Gray hosting the pregame and halftime shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).

NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.

 

CANADA
Monday 8:30pm (TSN)

MEXICO
Lunes 730pm (ESPN)

UK
Tuesday 130am (Sky Sports)


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Eddie Lacy and Sam Shields out for season

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on November 23, 2016 – 1:40 pm

161123-lacy-950GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will activate CB Makinton Dorleant from injured reserve on Wednesday, a move that officially ends the season for RB Eddie Lacy and CB Sam Shields.

Lacy had 71 carries for 360 yards in five games (5.1 yards per carry), including a 17-carry, 103-yard performance against Detroit in Week 3. He’s participated in team meetings since being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20.

With Lacy out for the year, the Packers likely will stick with receiver Ty Montgomery in the backfield, along with veteran James Starks and recently acquired veteran Christine Michael.

“I thought he was having his best year,” said McCarthy of Lacy. “Eddie brings a different style and different packages you do with Eddie and James. It’s important to fit what we do and how we do it with our players.

Shields, a Pro Bowler in 2014, hasn’t played since he sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville during Green Bay’s the regular-season opener on Sept. 11.

McCarthy has stayed in contact with Shields, who’s been home in Sarasota, Fla., but said he doesn’t know the cornerback’s long-term outlook in regards to football.

“Really the conversation with Sam, I know particularly mine, he needs to get healthy for him and his family,” McCarthy said. “That needs to be his focus, it is his focus and that’s what we’re focusing on.”

Dorleant, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa, had two tackles in two preseason games before being placed on injured reserve during the final roster reduction with a hamstring injury.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound cornerback stayed in Green Bay during his rehab and could provide depth to a cornerback position that lost Demetri Goodson to what McCarthy called “a significant knee injury” against Washington on Sunday night.

“He’s explosive,” said McCarthy of Dorleant. “He plays with great energy. I liked his toughness. I thought he did some really good things on special teams. He was injured pretty much the whole training camp and fought through it, and did some good things. It’ll be good to get him out there and see where he is.”

The previous players who received the Packers’ designation to return from injured reserve are TE Andrew Quarless (2015), C JC Tretter (2014), WR Randall Cobb (2013) and RB Cedric Benson (2012).

McCarthy added that cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) will practice in limited fashion on Wednesday. He hasn’t played since Oct. 16 against Dallas.

Right guard T.J. Lang (foot) is getting better, but McCarthy said he won’t practice Wednesday and will be a long-shot to play on Monday night against Philadelphia.


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