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Packers players get weekend off

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy officially released his team for the weekend. “Their time off will begin,” said McCarthy at his press conference today. He jokingly added: “Didn’t you hear the cars running out the door? About ran my (expletive) over. I’m sure they’re on their way out.” Players must return to work on Monday morning to begin preparation for the Packers’ Jan. 15 divisional playoff game. The Packers will stay indoors on Monday and players will take their normal Tuesday off. “I have a number of topics I need to hit in the team meeting so it will be a lot longer than normal,” McCarthy said of his plans for Monday. “We’ll have extensive offensive and defensive meetings, and we’ll have our walkthroughs in the gymnasium. We will not go outside.” Other highlights from McCarthy’s presser: * The Lambeau Field surface looks good and is similar to Nitschke Field, where the Packers have practiced for the last two days. He said it was actually warmer practicing outdoors today than inside the Hutson Center due to the sunshine. *Having Aaron Rodgers call plays on the sideline Sunday was another way for him to train mentally and see the other side of the communication process. *Voting for playoff captains took place today and the results will be released Monday. *He reiterated that the Packers are not a hunted team, but rather are the hunter in search of another title. *He will watch this weekend’s playoff games very closely, which will determine the Packers’ divisional round opponent. *They’ve done preliminary game-planning for Atlanta, Detroit and the Giants, the Packers’ three possible playoff opponents. *Today’s practice in pads was similar to training camp, with one-on-one blocking, pass rush drills and bump-and-run drills. He called practices yesterday and today “quality work.” *Left tackle Chad Clifton is sore after two full days of work. It was good for him to go through padded drills and team drills.  

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