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McCarthy talks Hayward, Sherrod, other injuries

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 10, 2013 – 4:48 pm

Packers CB Casey Hayward, who has yet to play this season due to a hamstring injury, was back on the practice field on Thursday in full pads for the second straight week. He was a limited participant.

T Derek Sherrod

T Derek Sherrod

After returning to practice last Thursday, Hayward experienced soreness and was held out of practice for a full week, and Mike McCarthy was pleased with the progress he saw.

“I thought he looked good today. He was bouncing around, had a smile on his face,” McCarthy said. “I think he’s getting close. His exam tomorrow will be important. Last week, he was very sore, so he wasn’t ready. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

This is the first week that Hayward hasn’t been ruled “out” for the game on the injury report. That doesn’t mean he’ll play this week, but it’s a sign he’s on track to return soon, barring any setbacks.

In other injury news, DE Ryan Pickett was added to the injury report with a bruised hand, but he returned to practice after getting it looked at and said he’ll be fine. Pickett said nothing was broken.

“Just a little ice and I’ll be ready to go Sunday,” he said. “Of course they checked it out, so I’m good. Everything’s good. Just beat up a little bit.”

Rookie OLB Andy Mulumba (ankle) missed his second day of practice this week, but McCarthy is still holding out hope he can practice on Friday and be active for the game. Without Clay Matthews, the Packers only have three healthy OLBs at the moment in Nick Perry, Mike Neal and rookie Nate Palmer.

RB James Starks (knee) is out this week, but McCarthy is encouraged by what he’s seen in Starks’ rehab. “I don’t think it’s going to be as long as some of the past injuries,” he said.

Finally, T Derek Sherrod is getting ready to come off the PUP list. McCarthy didn’t confirm that he will come off the list next week, when he and the rest of the PUP players are first eligible, but he does expect Sherrod to be able to play this season.

Sherrod, the Packers’ 2011 first-round draft pick, broke multiple bones in his lower leg in Week 15 of 2011 at Kansas City and missed all of last season, plus all of training camp this past summer. McCarthy felt that when the regular season started, he could see Sherrod getting closer to returning to the field.

“I really felt at the end of training camp his workouts went to a different level,” McCarthy said. “He’s in excellent shape. He’s obviously a lot stronger than he was this time last year. As I’ve stated, it was a very, very serious injury. He needed the extra time. He looks good. He’s champing at the bit.

“The next hurdle is he needs to get in pads, and once he gets over that hurdle, I think he’ll be ready to go.”

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19 Responses to “McCarthy talks Hayward, Sherrod, other injuries”

  1. By Kenn on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    Is anyone else concerned that this year’s 1st round pick, ( jones) has had very little impact. You never hear his name called or see him make a play!

    In fact last years 1st rnd pick ( perry ) has also been a disappointment ..
    Along with Sherrod & the Defensive lineman from Tenn. from 2010 all have been a major bust for TT…….

  2. By Dennis on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    Its encouraging to see Sherrod getting close. I hope he’ll come off his injury on fire, and become the best left tackle ever haha. We’ll see.

  3. By Corky on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    Perry a disappointment? He spend all that time on IR and still is impacting the game this year. Sherrod is coming off a horrendous injury. What do you want from him? Most people would be lucky to walk and he’s looking to come back and play football.

  4. By OKGOPACK on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    Agree with Corky, injuries are a part of the game, but you can’t predict them, can you? And I have confidence in Datone, he’s holding his own, when the game slows down for him, look out!

  5. By DaGrise on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    It’d be nice to see Sherrod recover enough to get a legitimate shot at reaching his athletic potential. He seems like a great young man.

  6. By Fireman on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder about Datone Joes too. One tackle so far does not seem like much. On the NFL website Gil Brandt had him listed as disappointing.

  7. By Kenn on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    I understand injuries are part of game and no I nor anyone can project them, however the young man from tenn. was injured when TT drafted him.
    As far as Nick Perry he has not been injured this year & coaching staff must feel the same. He did not start vs the lions, would like to see more out of 1st rounders is all I’m trying to say…..

  8. By Montanapackfan on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    How is it I read the packers website every morning and yet have to search the net to find out Mathews is out for a month????

  9. By EasyMoney on Oct 10, 2013 | Reply

    He didn’t start and he still had 2 sacks and a forced fumble.

    what do you want from him kenn? 4 sacks a game? 3 forced fumbles and a INT??

  10. By Deerlakejens on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Did you know Bart Starr missed his senior season with injuries but the Pack drafted him anyway? Most Packer fans think that turned out okay. Today, these guys get checked over by every teams medical staff before the draft, so if you need someone to blame, blame the doctors who cleared them.

  11. By packerhead on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Tried reply but won’t work… Re: Kenn… when was the last time we blocked an extra point? Don’t worry about Datone… he’ll be a huge impact player. The impatience in this country seems to be leaking into Packernation lately!

  12. By rak43 on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    I understand wanting to see more out of first rounders, especially a top 5 pick. I’ve been waiting 8 years for AJ Hawk to show he was worth even a second rounder, but no luck so far.

  13. By packrfan4 on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Perry was starting to flash last year but then got hurt. Remember that sack and forced fumble at Indy last year that was negated by a bad call?

  14. By sudsman on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply


    Who is this defensive lineman from Tennessee who was a major bust? We didn’t draft a DL from Tennessee in 2010.

    And given their unfortunate injuries, it is WAY too early to call Sherrod and Perry “major busts for TT.” You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  15. By sudsman on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Oh, Justin Harrell. Yes, HE was a major bust. But that was in 2007.

  16. By Warren on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply


  17. By John on Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Perry & Sherrod were good choices…but Murphy’s alive & well. I bet Clay M. isn’t back in 4 weeks…look up a pinned Bennett’s fracture…nasty.

  18. By Dale Tietjen on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    Wanting any one player to shine regularly misses the point. Look what happened when Detroit was without one star WR last week. What matters is how all 53 players work in concert.

  19. By KyPackerFan on Oct 13, 2013 | Reply

    MontanaPackFan: They tent to be very tight lipped here sometimes. Also look at up PackerNews published in the GreenBay Press-Gazitte. They have info like this a lot more often and faster than you will see it here.

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