Post-practice McCarthy: Shields, Perry, Kuhn out for Sunday

Oct. 26, 2012

The Green Bay Packers will be without linebacker Nick Perry (knee), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) for this Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled the three players out as a part of the Packers' 13-player injury list entering Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.

Jordy Nelson's status is also up in the air after not practicing for the second consecutive day with his own hamstring injury.

The rest of the Packers' injury list is as follows...

Out: wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin); fullback John Kuhn (hamstring, did not participate); linebacker Nick Perry (knee, DNP); cornerback Sam Shields (ankle), DNP); cornerback Charles Woodson (collarbone, DNP).

Questionable: wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring, DNP).

Probable: defensive tackle B.J. Raji (ankle, DNP); wide receiver Donald Driver (neck, full); tight end Jermichael Finley (shoulder, limited); guard T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist, limited); Aaron Rodgers (calf, full); center Jeff Saturday (neck, limited); running back James Starks (illness, limited).

Here are the other highlights from McCarthy's news conference:

Was John Kuhn's hamstring worse than initially thought?
"I think it’s like anything when you’re going through the medical process, you have a couple different opinions. The player’s opinion and the medical staff’s opinion are not always going to be the same. If anybody knows John Kuhn, he’s going to push to play. We just didn’t feel he was ready from a medical staff’s standpoint.

On Jordy Nelson's status:
"We will test Jordy Sunday. That was the evaluation this morning after his time with Doctor McKenzie.

Can you run two-back offense without Kuhn?
"Well, I think my whole time here, there was definitely a period of time where we kept three fullbacks, but we’ve always interchanged responsibilities between the tight end and the fullback positions, and frankly the number of times when we’re doing personnel evaluations as far as numbers I lump those two positions together a lot. Whether we’re doing our responsibility tree for offense in pass protection or route running, it’s important to train those two positions the same.

On B.J. Raji:
"I talked to B.J., he felt good. His medical exam, everybody felt good. The plan coming off Monday was to practice him on Thursday in pads (and) give him Friday to recover. Everything looks good. So if nothing changes here in the next 48 hours, I feel very confident with B.J."

Could Andrew Quarless and Frank Zombo be available this weekend?
"Andrew and Frank both won’t be up this week, if you’re looking for an answer to your question. I thought their work was better. I think Frank looks very good. They’re very pleased because with the unknown of the length of his specific injury and the confidence that I think he had going into this I think he’s definitely he should feel much better about where he is today than he was two weeks ago. I think Andrew is really kind of the normal process of coming off a major injury to the knee. He’s having some soreness, and he needs to continue to work."

On Derek Sherrod's progress:
"Derek is, he’s not ready. That’s really all I can tell you. I know he’s frustrated. But we all saw the injury. It was a serious injury, definitely something that we’re not going to rush back. We’ll give him every opportunity, but he’s just not ready yet."

On how Bryan Bulaga has played since Seattle:
Well, I think Bryan Bulaga’s performance against St. Louis was probably one of his best performances of his career. He was up for a game-ball nominee – that tells you what we thought about him as a coaching staff. I thought he was extremely physical. We have a lot of respect for, we still do, Chris Long going into the game. I thought Bryan played very well.

Who won the game balls last Sunday?
"Shoot, I’ve already moved on to Jacksonville. It was Monday, I’m trying to think, we showed them today. Jarrett Bush and Jamari Lattimore had the special teams’, Erik Walden was the defensive game ball, and offense was (Randall Cobb).

On Brett Goode's consistency:
"I think that you always just need to look at the situation when you don’t have someone like Brett Goode. There was a time where our specialists weren’t quite where they needed to be, and it definitely affects your special teams. You’re happy for Brett because he comes here every day, he’s the same guy every day, he performs all of the time. So it’s always good to see your guys earn the next contract. I’m very happy for him and his family.

On having the three specialists locked up through 2015:
"You look at the battery of punter, kicker and snapper, that’s a very important group. They spend mostly all of their time together. The personalities of the three guys is very important. They lean on one another. They help correct one another. I think they’re very honest as far as their time together, professionally and personally. They’re a good group. The nice part about it is you look at their age group, they still have time to grow and improve.

On the progress of Nick Perry and Sam Shields?
"Well, getting better. They’re just not ready. So we’ll see what next week brings, but I’m hopeful that they’ll push to get ready for next week. I think everybody agrees we’re kind of at that spot you’re happy our bye comes when it does. It’s important for us to win this football game and, God willing, hopefully we’ll be healthy."

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