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Post-practice McCarthy: Shortened practice because of injuries

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers injury list got so long tonight that coach Mike McCarthy conducted by far the shortest practice of training this summer. McCarthy’s practice so far have ranged anywhere from 2 ½ hours to about 2:45, but on Monday night with 18 players not practicing and two more dropping out during practice, he shortened the session to 1:45. McCarthy installs his offense, defense and special-teams in nine practices, so Monday night was the final installation. "What we did tonight, we practiced everything that was new and  installed,” McCarthy said after practice. “The mental part of the installation frankly in my opinion is the most important, we’ve done and extensive amount of work in the fundamentals, clearly more than we ever have in the past. I felt good about the targets we hit with our fundamental work. It’s important to get it rehearsed and now (Tuesday) we will work on San Diego.” The Packers play the Chargers on Thursday night, and McCarthy ruled out eight players for the game: running back Du’uane Bennett (knee), guard Ray Dominguez (ankle), receiver Tori Gurley (groin), fullback Jon Hoese (hamstring), receiver Greg Jennings (concussion), tight end Eric Lair (knee), tackle Mike McCabe (hip) and tight end Ryan Taylor (concussion). McCarthy has not ruled out Marshall Newhouse (concussion), the starting left tackle, though it appears unlikely the Packers would risk returning him for a preseason game. He sustained the concussion during the Family Night scrimmage Friday and hasn’t practiced the last two days. Taylor and Bennett sustained their injuries in practice Sunday. Receiver Dale Moss also didn't practice Monday because of an unspecified injury that presumably occurred Sunday. The two players who dropped out of practice with injuries Monday night were cornerback Sam Shields (elbow) and running back Brandon Saine (hamstring). Receiver Tori Gurley didn’t practice Monday after returning Sunday night from a hamstring injury. (Gurley)  was ambitious (Sunday) night,” McCarthy said, “he wanted to try it. The trainers are cautious about it. He went through the drills (Sunday) and once he got to the team stuff it was evident he wasn’t ready.” Some other highlights from McCarthy after practice: *McCarthy said he's having the Packers practice off game-plan guards starting tomorrow because he wants to practice how the team will practice in the regular season. Teams do some game planning for preseason games, in part to give young players the best chance to show what they can do, but McCarthy emphasized wanting to get into a regular-season routine as early as possible. "I don’t think it’s necessarily game planning, it’s the game-planning structure of the schedule," he said. "Just getting the players familiar – practicing for an in-season game is different than an installation practice, it’s different than the offseason. We usually transfer into that the week -- going into the third week (of camp), now we’re going to get into that (full time) next week going into Cleveland. I think it just really helps you. *When you train a football team, it’s about putting a body clock on a regimen, creating regularity in everything you do. With our four-game schedule to start the season, we wanted to make sure we spiked our (camp) schedule a little bit up and down. I feel like we’ve accomplished that with the morning practices and (then) the night practices, we have (another night) one next week. Regularity is very important in my opnion in training hyour football team." *McCarthy's first preseason game as a head coach also was in San Diego, in 2006, a 17-3 loss. He said he remembers well that quarterback Brett Favre was hit on two of the game's first three plays, and the condolences after the game from former Chargers coach Marty Schotteheimer, who hired McCarthy into the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. "I remember Marty Schottenheimer smacked me on the back and said, 'Kid, don’t worry, it gets better,'" McCarthy said. "I said, 'Hell, I sure hope so.' Long night."  

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