Each of these press conferences seems more depressing than the one preceding it.
As usual, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke on the team's spate of injuries, including some minor updates on the latest casualties.
It was already known that Jermichael Finley spent the night in the ICU. McCarthy described the injury as "significant" and said that further details would be made available after more tests are done. He added that Finley was "up and performing daily activities" and "in good spirits," but refused to offer any timetable for a return. That certainly sounds ominous. However it's important to remember that the day after Nick Collins' neck injury the team ruled out a return for the rest of that season. By not providing any timetable, the Packers are perhaps more hopeful that Finley will be able to resume playing at some point. As for the hit that put Finley in the hospital, McCarthy didn't believe it was dirty. "Two guys playing football. Don't know what any player could have done differently."
The news is comparatively better for wide receiver James Jones. While the team doctors originally projected a 2-3 week recovery, McCarthy offered optimism that Jones might return for this week's divisional matchup with the Vikings. "James is not your normal guy. Genetically gifted." If Jones can return, it would go a long way towards replacing the production the team will miss from Randall Cobb and the aforementioned Finley.
As for non-injury news, McCarthy commented on Chris Harper who was claimed off of waivers last week. As for the debate about what position he'll play in Green Bay, McCarthy left little doubt. "We view Chris Harper as a wide receiver. We'll see how we feel about him through the week of preparation." The reason for the debate is Harper's weight, which by some estimates rose as high as 238 pounds earlier this year. For what it's worth, the team lists him at 228. In any event, expect Harper to see some snaps in the coming weeks, especially if Jones' absence continues.
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