McCarthy: “Night practice is a big change for everybody”

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on August 1, 2016 – 5:12 pm

160801-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers jokes that he’s probably in the minority when it comes to his preference for night practices.

The Packers quarterback always has liked the vibe of the evening sessions – the energy, the atmosphere and the occasional friendly dust-up.

More recently, the Packers scaled on night practices based on how their schedule aligned. Last year, the Packers’ only night session was their annual Family Night event inside Lambeau Field.

On Monday night, however, the Packers will practice under the lights at Ray Nitschke Field for the first time since their one night session in 2014.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy feels there will be a lot for veterans and rookies alike to take from it given the nature of the Packers’ regular-season schedule.

“Night practice is a big change for everybody,” McCarthy said. “I think clearly the players enjoy the atmosphere that our fans create. It’s the best atmosphere for our team to work in under the lights and in front of the fans.”

McCarthy said he hasn’t made any determination yet on how many starters or veterans will play in Sunday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame game against Indianapolis.

Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that he plans to play all of his starters. Like a normal in-season schedule, the Packers will conduct their playtime meeting on Friday.

McCarthy said the team is organizing transportation from Cleveland to Canton for players who want to attend Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night.

According to McCarthy, there is a “good-sized group” who has requested to attend. Rodgers said during Monday’s media availability that he is planning to be in Canton.

On the injury front, McCarthy said right guard T.J. Lang is closing in on a return to the practice field based on conversations he’s had with the Packers’ medical staff.

Lang, who is one of six players on the physically unable to perform list, sat out of the offseason program after undergoing shoulder surgery after last season.

McCarthy didn’t have any updates on the other players currently on PUP.

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