GREEN BAY – Good news, Green Bay Packers fans: The team won’t suffer any injuries Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
Mike McCarthy said so Wednesday.
After dealing with their share of injuries in the first three weeks but getting most – but not all – of their guys back on the practice field Wednesday, the Packers coach was a bit animated when asked about the team’s depth at outside linebacker, where star Clay Matthews was listed as a limited participant in practice due to a hamstring injury.
“I spent too much time with Doc McKenzie and then I have to listen to this stuff. I’m worn out,” McCarthy said, referring to Packers team physician Patrick McKenzie. “Why are we even talking about that? We’re going to stay healthy. Everybody is going to play the whole game. We’re going to walk on with 46 and walk off with 46. How’s that for an answer?”
Sounds good, although cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) and running back James Starks (knee) won’t be among those 46 walking onto the field since they’ve already been ruled out. Here’s the full, official injury report from Wednesday:
Matthews, who missed four games last season with a hamstring injury, was not present during the portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday. He injured his hamstring during the Packers’ Sept. 22 pre-bye loss at Cincinnati but said after the game that he expected to be ready for the Lions with a week off. It’s unclear what Matthews did after reporters departed practice.
“He's getting better,” McCarthy said. “He's made a lot of progress since coming off the field in Cincinnati. I'm hopeful that he'll be able to do more tomorrow. That's the plan.”
Van Roten sprained his foot in practice Monday and McCarthy said he will miss “multiple weeks.” Starks, who injured his knee against the Bengals, is “in a category of a couple of weeks," McCarthy said.
Hayward has yet to play this season after aggravating a hamstring injury Aug. 23 in a preseason game against Seattle. He initially hurt his hamstring working out on his own about a week before training camp opened on July 26.
“Everybody's different. Hamstrings are different on every player, every individual, as far as their rate of recovery. This is just the course that we're going,” McCarthy said. “I don't have an answer for you. He's not going to be ready this week. And you don't go out and test players every day, so we'll probably know more next Monday or next Tuesday how close we are.”
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