News now! WR Ty Montgomery getting closer to returning

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 10, 2015 – 10:53 am

151210-nn1GREEN BAY — Packers rookie WR Ty Montgomery hasn’t played since the bye week due to an ankle injury he re-aggravated nearly a month ago, and he appears to have a chance to finally return to the field this week.

“He has definitely cleared a hurdle that he hasn’t cleared in prior weeks — he’s practicing,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday. “So far, so good. We’ll see what he can do today.”

The Packers are practicing for a third straight day, following workouts on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The extra practice time following a Thursday night game has allowed the team to work more on fundamentals and also start earlier on the game plan for the Cowboys.

“That’s what the plan is. So far we’ve executed,” McCarthy said. “Today is the most important practice with our padded work.”

McCarthy emphasized the offense needs to be “cleaner” on short-yardage runs, such as third-and-one, which have hamstrung the team at times.

The Cowboys blitzed an excessive amount on Monday night vs. the Redskins, a tactic their defense doesn’t often employ, but McCarthy said the Packers spend a lot of time on opponents’ blitz packages regardless of a defense’s tendencies, because he views blitzes as big-play opportunities for the offense as much as the opponent might view them as big-play chances on defense.

“It’s a philosophy of ours,” McCarthy said. “We prefer when people blitz us. Our quarterback rating vs pressure ever year reflects that.” will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

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