It was a disheartening day of practice for Mike McCarthy and the Packers. Not only were there several injuries to promising players, but some players failed to build on the momentum from the last preseason game. Here's what McCarthy had to say about all of it:
- McCarthy identified a sprained ankle as the cause of Datone Jones' departure from today's practice. Worse, it's the same ankle Jones hurt in the first preseason game. The Packers traditionally air on the side of caution when it comes to returning injured players to the field, and that's even truer in the preseason. So when a Packer sprains an ankle and then returns, you assume he's fully recovered. While we don't know what the case was with Jones, it's certainly worrisome. While McCarthy didn't state it, don't expect Jones to play Friday against the Seahawks.
- Fellow rookie Andy Mulumba was an early scratch from Wednesday's practice. McCarthy said a knee injury was the culprit. No timetable was given for when Mulumba could return, which likely means he'll be inactive for the Seattle game. While the competition at outside linebacker hasn't been too fierce, an undrafted rookie like Mulumba can hardly afford to miss extended time. If his knee injury lingers more than a week, he could be a candidate for a roster cut.
- If there's any solace for Packer fans, it's that Randall Cobb is apparently close to 100% and Jordy Nelson looks more and more likely to play week 1. When asked about the receivers, McCarthy said, "We'll see tomorrow. [Cobb is] Very close. Jordy's getting close. Feel good about their progress." Our McCarthy to English dictionary tells us that "close" means healthy, so this is certainly good news.
- As Josh noted in today's practice notebook, Mason Crosby failed to convert three consecutive kicks, none longer than 43. McCarthy didn't mince words, "He didn't have a good day." It was less than a week ago that Dan Carpenter received his release from Miami. After another bad practice by Crosby and a mediocre showing by Giorgio Tavecchio in the second preseason game, the Packers could be inclined to dip into free agency.
- McCarthy sidestepped questions regarding how long the ones will play Friday. "How much the starters play will come down to conversations tomorrow. Trying to get as much information as we can. Guys have been injured." As you can tell from the rest of his press conference, injuries weigh heavy on the minds of the coaches and front office. That doesn't mean Aaron Rodgers and company won't play more than a series, it just means that they could be out by halftime.
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Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Co. He has previously written for Lombardi Ave, College Hoops Net, LiveBall Sports, and the List Universe. He is also currently a senior writer for Beats Per Minute, an indie-music webzine. Follow him on Twitter: @JBHirschhorn