News now! Defensive injuries not long term

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 13, 2014 – 4:37 pm

141013-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — The injuries to cornerbacks Sam Shields (knee) and Tramon Williams (ankle) and linebacker Jamari Lattimore (neck) are not expected to be long term, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy did not provide a timeline for any of the three players on Monday.

“Three different injuries,” McCarthy said. “None of them are long term, but how fast (they can return) is still to be determined.”

All three defenders left Sunday’s game in Miami with those injuries, which moved up cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Davon House, along with linebacker Brad Jones, into more prominent roles.

McCarthy was pleased with how the defense responded to the adversity, particularly the secondary, which lost Shields and Williams within moments of one another. McCarthy said he felt rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played his best game to date.

Miami’s offense got rolling in the second half, which McCarthy attributed to a run-game adjustment the Dolphins made that the Packers didn’t respond to. McCarthy also said that 80 percent of the defense’s missed tackles came in the second half.

“I wish we could have played better defense in the second half, but that’s what the NFL is all about,” McCarthy said. “It usually comes down to the last series, and when our defense needed to step up, that four-minute drive was outstanding.”

Click here for Packers.com’s full report from McCarthy’s press conference.


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