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Monday McCarthy: D.J. Smith out for the year

Oct. 15, 2012
 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday afternoon in the wake of the team’s 42-24 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

Injury updates:
D.J. Smith (knee) is out for the season. Will know more on Sam Shields and Nick Perry later this week.

On Brad Jones’ performance in relief of Smith:
“I thought he played well. I think there’s a couple we’ll look at shoring up. Overall, I thought our defense played extremely well.”

On rookie Terrell Manning:
“I think he’s doing a good job and like him on special teams. That’s where he’s pushed the play. I think he’s farther ahead on special teams than he is on defense.”

On Nick Perry’s injury:
“I saw Nick today. He looks good. It’s better than we thought it would be. I saw the play on the jumbotron, it was awkward the way he fell.”

On the grass surface in Houston:
“Their surface is definitely different. It’s something we’ve never played on before in my time. For a grass field, I thought it was hard. I’m not an expert on if that had any factor on injuries.”

On hit on Smith to cause the injury:
“It’s something you obviously don’t want to see happen. It probably depends on which side you coach. I think Brown was probably trying to finish the play. It was an ugly play. D.J. suffered a serious injury.”

On James Starks:
“I tried to get James some work there at the end. He needs live action. That’s for sure. Just making sure his decision making and course is in line with the run-blocking.”

On Alex Green’s rep count:
“I think Alex Green is past the rep count. I have no reason to think he can’t carry the full load. He hasn’t had any flare-ups or setbacks. We’re obviously very cautious of that.”

On if three PUP players can practice this week:
“That’s a decision we’ll make Wednesday, but Zombo and Quarless I think are definitely ready.”

On Casey Hayward’s two interceptions:
“Casey Hayward, game-ball recipient on defense. I thought he played very well with his opportunities. He’s a young player who I think is just a heck of a player.”

On A.J. Hawk’s importance to defense:
“A.J. has always been important. He’s really the quarterback on defense. Definitely a big factor as we move forward.”

On how overcoming adversity has helped team:
“I clearly think it helps anytime you have experience overcoming adversity. I think our locker room would echo that. When you stand over a player on the field and you know their season is over, that’s what gets me. As a team, it’s one of the ugly parts of our profession.”

On Tom Crabtree:
“I think Tom did some good things. He’s got some things he can improve on, too, just like all of us. You have to always credit Tom. He does a lot of dirty work for us.”

On what went right against Texans:
“There’s such a fine line between winning and not winning. I think that’s sometimes gets lost in the conversation that the players and coaches go through when it doesn’t go your way. When you give honest answers to questions, I think that sometimes things get skewed and strong opinions are made about individuals or how we’re playing. We’re 3-3 and I know exactly why we’re 3-3.”

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