GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy didn’t have any definitive reports on the list of injured players and their potential availability after the bye week, but he sounded optimistic on Monday that he’d have a healthier team against the Bears on Nov. 9.
“We’re 5-3,” he said. “We have time to heal.”
The injury list isn’t as extensive as the Packers have dealt with in the past, but some of the names are rather significant. QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) and RG T.J. Lang (ankle) got hurt on Sunday night in New Orleans, while defensive starters S Morgan Burnett (calf), CB Sam Shields (knee) and DE Datone Jones (ankle) all missed the game, with Shields and Jones now out multiple contests each.
Regarding Rodgers, “So far, so good,” was how McCarthy described the initial medical reports. “They’re very confident where Aaron is today.”
After the week off, the Packers will play four of their next five contests at Lambeau Field, beginning with the Bears in a Sunday night prime-time affair.
Burnett and Shields both worked out before the Saints game and the training staff told McCarthy they were improving. It’s too early to tell on Lang’s ankle, because the injury just occurred.
“This is a great time for the bye,” McCarthy continued. “It will be good for us to get healthy.”
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