GREEN BAY — Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy continued to deliver a message on Wednesday that he began to articulate on Monday.
“We’re strapping it up,” McCarthy said. “We’ve got a big one in front of us.”
The Packers are trying to get to 6-2 at their bye week against a 2-4 Saints team that is tough at home, and even tougher in prime time at the Superdome.
“When we watch the video, it’s not a 2-4 football team,” McCarthy said. “Playing in that dome, it’s the loudest or one of the loudest environments we’ll play in.”
McCarthy said the energy of Wednesday’s practice was the best it’s been so far, though the defense was missing three starters in S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle) and CB Sam Shields (knee). On offense, RB James Starks (ankle) also missed practice.
McCarthy had just finished watching Burnett, Jones and Starks go through their rehab workouts at the end of practice, but there’s no telling yet whether they’ll be available to play on Sunday.
“All three look like they’re moving pretty good,” he said. “We’ll see how they come out. I don’t have high concern, but all three of them are working through those injuries. I don’t have a read for you yet.”
Shields also had a rehab workout, but McCarthy hadn’t see a report on it yet. He added that the bye week coming up would not influence the decision on whether or not to play any of the injured players. Jones has missed two straight games and Shields missed last week’s.
“I don’t keep players out for games,” he said. “If a player can play, he plays. Sam is going through medical situation and if he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”
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