GREEN BAY — The Packers are honoring Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre at halftime of Sunday’s Packers-Cowboys game, putting his name up on the Lambeau Field facade along with the franchise’s others enshrined in Canton and presenting him with his Hall of Fame ring.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy — who coached Favre’s final two seasons in Green Bay and was his QB coach back in 1999 — won’t be able to see the halftime ceremony, but he expects it to add to the atmosphere in the stadium.
“Anytime they put your name up in Lambeau Field, it’s special,” McCarthy said on Friday. “Brett’s special in what he’s accomplished as a Green Bay Packer. It’ll be great to see his name up there permanently and get the ring and so forth. It’ll be great for our fans. The organization is excited about having him back.”
It’s interesting that Favre is coming back for a Cowboys game. Dallas was his nemesis as an opponent, as the Packers lost in the playoffs three straight years during the Cowboys’ dynasty of the early 1990s. McCarthy’s Packers now have their own history, and playoff history, with the Cowboys, which factors into the game atmosphere as well.
“You look at both organizations, there’s a lot of history, not only against each other but in the NFL,” McCarthy said. “We respect that, we understand it. They definitely do travel very well, so hopefully our Packer fans will hold onto their tickets. It’ll be a festive environment to play in. There will be a ton of energy outside the stadium, inside the stadium. That’s part of the competition between the Packers and Cowboys.”
As for the Packers’ injury report, McCarthy said RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) continues to “make progress,” while RB James Starks (knee, personal) is slated to return to the team on Saturday, and an evaluation on his availability will be made then. On the offensive line, McCarthy has no concerns about G T.J. Lang (hip) or C JC Tretter (back) for this week.
“JC just got hit in practice, so we were being cautious and following the rules of the injury report,” McCarthy said. “T.J. just needed a day.”
McCarthy also said CB Sam Shields (concussion) was not expected to practice on Saturday, while CB Damarious Randall (groin) might practice. “I’m hopeful he’ll do something tomorrow,” McCarthy said.
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