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Packers tight end Quarless out for season

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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† Packers tight end Andrew Quarless has been lost for the season with a knee injury suffered in Sundayís game against the New York Giants, Coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference this afternoon. † Quarless will need surgery on his knee, according to McCarthy. † Quarless was taken off the field on a cart and looked to be in considerable pain in the locker room after the game. †In other injury news, McCarthy said cornerback Charles Woodson will go through the NFL concussion protocol but he said Woodson would probably play this coming week against the Oakland Raiders.† Three injured starters who sat out the Giants game will be evaluated on Wednesday: A.J. Hawk (calf), Desmond Bishop (calf) and Josh Sitton (knee). Testing will be done to determine when or if they can practice this week. † McCarthy said he would make a decision on running back James Starks (ankle) later this week as to whether he can practice or play. He didn't think his injury would be a long-term issue. Other highlights from McCarthyís presser: * Although the Packers defense gave up big plays against the Giants, it has graded out pretty high in adversity situations this season. * Running back Brandon Saine has taken advantage of his opportunities and adds valuable depth to the position. Once again he reiterated that no Packers back will be carrying the ball 25-30 times a game. Thatís not how the Packers operated. * None of his players barely blinked when it was announced on the team plane coming back from New York that the Packers had clinched the NFC North title by virtue of the Lions losing to the Saints Sunday night. After big wins you don't see individuals bouncing off wall, McCarthy said. We just came off a Super Bowl victory. That's what this business is all about. Winning division and homefield is preferred path to getting to the Super Bowl. Heís very impressed by what they accomplished in clinching the division crown, but there's so much more out there for us. This is a step. * Itís important to play your best football in December. This team is special. They have opportunity to achieve greatness, which is calculated by answering this question: Did you win Super Bowl? * He remains comfortable with receiver Jordy Nelson playing on special teams. Itís a bad mindset to get in when a player's value on offense or defense increases and then special teams is considered a secondary component. *The Packers needed that game-winning drive in the final minute as an offense, especially in that environment. To go into someone else's stadium ó it was loud ó and to perform the way we needed to was impressive. *The final drive was managed very well. That was as clean a 2-minute drive as I've been a part of. Aaron did great job of route adjustments on first two plays. * A combination of time and field position contributed to decision to have Randall Cobb down the final Giantsí kickoff in the end zone. He didnít want the offense to start inside the 20 on the final drive. * There were technique issues in some of the big plays given up by the defense, plus some communications problems. Itís something that must be cleaned up. * Heís not thinking about what their approach will be if the Packers clinch home-field advantage and face some meaningless late-season games. Itís way too early to even think about things like resting players. Itís important for us to stay focused and get ready for the Raiders.

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