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Quarless, Sherrod, Kuhn don't pass physicals

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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   Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at a press conference this morning that the following players won’t or didn’t pass their physicals today and presumably won’t participate in the first training camp practice on Thursday: tight end Andrew Quarless, tackle Derek Sherrod and fullback John Kuhn.  McCarthy said Sherrod, who broke his leg last December, is getting better and getting close to being ready.  McCarthy said running back Alex Green, who blew out his knee last season, is also close to being ready to practice. He had the chance to see Green work out last week at the Hutson Center.   McCarthy said he is waiting for more information physically on safety Charlie Peprah and whether he will be ready to go.   Other topics covered by McCarthy at his official training camp-opening presser:  *Our expectations are always the same. It doesn't matter what others say about us. I appreciate when good things are said. It beats the alternative.  *There was an urgency to training camp last year because of the lockout and the limited time rookies had to make an impact. McCarthy is concerned that complacency could set in for some rookies this year and he wants to avoid that.  *We lost some very good people, but we’re always trying to develop leadership in our locker room. Leadership is something you never have enough of. Have high level of leadership on our team. *Receiver Greg Jennings has a number of things he's exceptional at. Mentally has an excellent understanding of what he's asked to do. He understands what opponents try to do to him. He's disciplined. *My confidence in left tackle Marshall Newhouse grows every time I see him practice. Done a lot of good things with his opportunities. Aaron Rodgers has a lot of confidence in him. He’s very bright. He needs to get stronger and keep working.  *We will focus on fundamentals. That's what game comes down to. Young guys on defense have added a lot of energy. Will be exciting to see them in pads. *We need to play better on defense in certain areas. Want to see us improve on things that didn't go so well last year. Clearly it’s a different defense. * QB Graham Harrell is very steady. He needs to play and get live reps. He’s done good job of fundamental part of QB school. He's stronger. *I’m anxious to start training camp. I’ve stayed in Green Bay the whole summer. Most prepared I've been for training camp. Had quality time in my office. Being here in Green Bay the whole summer, I feel the excitement building. In past years he spent some off-season time in Texas.  *We can be a better team this year (than last year) regardless of our record. The goal is to win the Super Bowl.  * I really like playing 4 preseason games in a row on Thursdays. I like 7-day segments.  *Doing the training camp schedule is probably one of the top 3 or top 5 things I do as head coach. Camp is foundation of who you are as team.  *The first 10 practices will be the "new dog days" of training camp.  *Practice environment is most important part of training camp. Today we will go through practice expectations with team and define every drill.  *We have one more practice than last year in training camp. The 27 practices we have I feel are efficient for us to get ready to play games.  *We'll lay out schedules, everything expected from administrative standpoint. Big picture expectations will be shared tonight at team meeting.  *Today’s schedule: Physicals will end at 10:30, followed by conditioning tests at Hutson Center, followed by administrative issues. Team meeting at 6 p.m.

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