In his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the health issues facing his team as they prepare for a Monday Night game against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
The big names expected on the injury report are running back Eddie Lacy and wide receiver Davante Adams, both of whom injured their ankles on Sunday in the win over the Seattle Seahawks. Not surprisingly, McCarthy addressed the two of them right away, talking about them together:
McCarthy on Lacy & Adams: Getting better. Will both do some pre-practice work, but don't have high expectations of them practicing today.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 24, 2015
If they indeed cannot practice today, it is no guarantee of anything regarding their status for Monday's game, of course. McCarthy even talked about Lacy specifically, saying that he could play even if he does not practice at a high level this week:
Because Lacy is so familiar with the offense, McCarthy said he would be comfortable playing him even with limited practice time.— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) September 24, 2015
At this point, our guess remains that both Lacy and Adams will end up playing against Kansas City, but we will be monitoring their statuses all week long.
McCarthy did mention the other position with a big-name injury: right tackle. If there were any doubt about whether Don Barclay would get a second start in place of Bryan Bualga, that was put to rest right away, with the head coach saying that Barclay "has another big challenge this week." He is speaking, of course, of the talented pass-rushers on the Chiefs' roster, and likely left outside linebacker Justin Houston in particular. Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks a year ago.
Stay tuned for more updates over the next several days.