GREEN BAY — This is the only week of the preseason in which the Packers have a full week leading into their Sunday game in Pittsburgh, so the practice schedule is set up the same as it would be in the regular season.
That’s why the team had Tuesday off — that’s the players’ day off during the regular season. They also moved out of the St. Norbert College dorms. Now they’ll practice both Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a day away from the field on Friday and then a closed practice on Saturday before the team flight.
“This week will be the closest we can get to for an in-season schedule,” McCarthy said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “Some things will be a little different. The time commitment in the classroom is the in-season schedule. This is an important week on a lot of different fronts.”
The Packers will have short weeks leading into their final two preseason games, which are scheduled for a Saturday and a Thursday at Lambeau Field.
McCarthy was asked whether he’d be interested in conducting joint practices with another team at some point, as several teams around the league have been doing this season. In previous coaching stints with the Chiefs and Saints, McCarthy was part of joint practices, and he has explored the idea in the past. But the new CBA and the limitations on the number of practices would make it tough for McCarthy to hit his training targets.
“We would never take the team out of Green Bay. That’s one factor,” McCarthy said. “I’m not really open to it. It’s great work, if you do have a good working relationship with other teams, but it doesn’t really work for us.”
Starting LT David Bakhtiari (knee) is expected to be out all week and is unlikely to play in Pittsburgh, McCarthy said. He added that LB Clay Matthews has an elbow issue and would not practice on Wednesday.
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