GREEN BAY — Two defensive regulars in linebacker Nick Perry and defensive lineman Datone Jones are both listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday’s game.
Perry hasn’t practiced all week due to a shoulder injury. Mike McCarthy said on Friday that if he practices on Saturday, he’ll be a limited participant.
“He’s improving,” McCarthy said. “(He) probably (needs to) get out there tomorrow and get through the practice (in order to play).”
If Perry can’t play, snaps would likely rise for Mike Neal at outside linebacker. Clay Matthews (groin) is probable and could be in line for more snaps outside than inside. Rookie Jayrone Elliott (hamstring) is also questionable.
“It’ll adjust, no doubt,” McCarthy said of the defensive rotations. “Certain reps will go to different players. We’re prepared for that. That’s why you operate in different personnel groups through the week, which we have. We’ll be ready either way.”
Meanwhile Jones on Thursday re-injured the same ankle that forced him to miss three games earlier this season.
“We’ll see how tomorrow goes, see what he can do,” McCarty said.
McCarthy also was asked about cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. having his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the head-coaching position at Troy University in Alabama. Longtime Troy coach Larry Blakeney is retiring after the season. Whitt is an Alabama native.
“This is that time of year,” McCarthy said. “Joe’s an outstanding football coach. What he’s done with the corners speaks for itself. Anytime you see one of your assistants involved in career advancement, you’re happy for them. I’m not going to speak on any job or individual in detail, but this is an excellent coaching staff this program has benefited from, and it’s good to see people recognize that.”
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