On Thursday afternoon, Mike McCarthy took the podium once again to discuss the injuries afflicting the Green Bay Packers and their practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. As expected from his webcasted press conference, McCarthy addressed Eddie Lacy and Morgan Burnett, the two players who are at the forefront of most Packer fans minds when it comes to injuries.
On Lacy, McCarthy was hopeful about his progress, but made one important stipulation: Lacy must be cleared to practice on Friday for the team to allow him to play on Sunday. He was clear that Lacy cleared another step in the concussion protocol today but was not able to practice yet. We'll know more about Lacy's status tomorrow. If he can't go, McCarthy indicated that there would be plans set in motion; he said that the team would not feel comfortable dressing only two running backs, and he was complimentary of practice squad back Michael Hill. It seems likely that Hill could be promoted to the active roster if Lacy cannot play.
The news on Morgan Burnett was less positive. McCarthy used the words "long shot" to describe Burnett's chances of playing on Sunday. In other words, Burnett won't play barring some sort of miracle, and he'll get to sit out through the bye week just like Casey Hayward will. With A.J. Green on the docket this Sunday, M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian will have their work cut out for them.
John Kuhn is another banged-up Packer with a hamstring issue, and his status is in question for Sunday as well. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and it looks like he is unlikely to play as well. If Kuhn can't go, though, the team has a plan, and it starts with the tight ends. McCarthy said that with the way the team trains their tight ends, there is a lot of "carryover" between that position and the fullback spot. It seems reasonable to expect that Andrew Quarless and/or Ryan Taylor would be prime candidates to play the H-back position and line up in the backfield in Kuhn's absence.
The full injury report from today's practice consists of the following players:
Did not participate: Lacy, Burnett, Kuhn, Jarrett Bush
Limited participation: T.J. Lang, Johnny Jolly
Out: Casey Hayward
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