GREEN BAY – Even with a bye week – inconveniently early as it might be – coming next week, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that he won’t withhold any players from Sunday’s game at Cincinnati if they’ve been cleared for action.
“It doesn’t affect mine. I hope it doesn’t affect the medical staff and I hope it doesn’t affect the players because at the end of the day, you’re granted 16 opportunities to play in this league and it takes everybody to win every one of them,” McCarthy said after practice Thursday. “Whoever is ready, whoever we feel gives us the best chance to win, that’s always the approach every single week from a coaching staff.
“We want to feel the best 46 we have that helps us win this football game.”
Here’s a look at the full, official injury report for both teams from Thursday:
Even though Lacy didn’t practice, McCarthy did not rule out him playing against the Bengals.
“Eddie Lacy took a step today in the protocol, so we’ll see where he is tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “The medical staff still feels like he has a good opportunity, so he has to practice tomorrow for us to be able to gauge him. We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”
The Packers might as well have changed Burnett’s status to “out,” given what McCarthy said Thursday.
“He’s coming along. It’s not the progress I’m sure that Morgan wants,” McCarthy said. “I think he’s going to be a long shot this week.”
If Lacy can’t go and Kuhn is sidelined as well, the Packers would go into the game with just two running backs – James Starks and rookie Johnathan Franklin. If Kuhn can’t play, McCarthy will use tight ends as fill-ins at fullback, particularly Andrew Quarless.
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