News now! Packers full of energy and confidence

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 14, 2016 – 10:53 am

160114-nn1GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy says the Packers are energetic and confident with two days to go before Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff at Arizona.

“There’s a type of energy you tap into, and that definitely exists in our locker room,” McCarthy said prior to Thursday’s practice. “It’s something we spoke about. Every challenge is different, every team is different. This is a distinctly different football team that has a lot of energy and a lot of confidence right now.”

Cornerback Sam Shields is scheduled to do more work in practice on Thursday than he did Wednesday, moving closer to potentially full medical clearance from his concussion. Shields has missed the last four games.

“The work today will hopefully complete the protocol,” McCarthy said. “But I don’t have anything to announce until he completes the protocol.”

Left tackle David Bakhtiari was also slated for more practice work, and McCarthy called it a “big day” for him.

The Packers also might get back special teams standout Jayrone Elliott, who has missed the last three games with a quad injury. He ranked third on the team in the regular season with 11 coverage tackles.

“Jayrone is one of our best special teams players,” McCarthy said. “He’s a good matchup for us. He’s definitely the body type that you look for on special teams. He plays all the core units. It would be great to get him back.”

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