Packers closely monitoring forecast for Sunday

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on December 9, 2016 – 10:00 am

161209-snow-950GREEN BAY — Winter is coming. Maybe.

Weather projections continue to shift for Sunday’s game between the Packers and the Seattle Seahawks with the current forecast calling for temperatures around freezing and anywhere from 1 to 5 inches of snow.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he and football administration coordinator Matt Klein are monitoring the forecast, though McCarthy won’t address it directly with the team until Saturday’s team meeting.

The Packers already endured their first snow game of the last Sunday during their 21-13 win over Houston. It snowed continually throughout the game, creating slick field conditions with temperatures hovering around 32 degrees.

“We watch the weather. Rain, wind, you definitely look at those elements and you adjust accordingly,” said McCarthy during his Friday morning news conference. “It’s always built into your winter plan. I don’t really talk about the weather until the team meeting tomorrow. It could change.

“I think when we get to tomorrow, Matt Klein, is our weather man. It’s kind of like your weather man. It changes every day. We try to get him as close to 24 hours as we can to the game.”

Linebacker Clay Matthews (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Thursday. McCarthy said on Wednesday that he didn’t expect the Pro Bowl linebacker to work until Saturday’s final practice, but Matthews’ shoulder responded well enough to treatment to enable him to get on the field earlier than expected.

“He’s making progress,” McCarthy said. “He’s just working on his strength. He’s getting better. He did all the individual stuff, hit the sleds. He’s improving.”

McCarthy said offensive linemen T.J. Lang (foot) and JC Tretter (knee) continue to make progress with their respective injuries. While their status for Sunday is uncertain, neither player suffered a setback during practice this week.

Cornerback Damarious Randall was largely limited in practice on Thursday due to an illness. McCarthy was optimistic it won’t affect his availability for Sunday’s game.


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