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Packers, first-year players brace for snowstorm

Dec. 19, 2012
 

Every year when the Green Bay area gets its first round of snowfall, there are a new batch of rookies and first-year Packers who get their first taste of winter in Wisconsin.

With the forecast calling for anywhere from 10 to 15 inches of snow beginning Wednesday night and continuing throughout Thursday, this years baptism by snow could be particularly challenging.

For Packers coach Mike McCarthy, it all factors into game-planning and time management as the team prepares for Sundays game against Tennessee and the holiday season hanging right around the corner.

Make sure you have a lot diesel for your snow thrower, McCarthy quipped when asked about how he approaches snowstorms. Its funny for some of the guys getting ready to go through it for the first time, they said, Dont worry, I have a truck. Well youre going to need more than a truck.

All kidding aside, the coaching staff sat down with the players on Wednesday and outlined what approach to take in getting to practice on Thursday, especially many of the rookies who havent dealt with snowy conditions before.

Even some of the veterans who have, like second-year wide receiver Randall Cobb, arent exactly thrilled with the pending storm.

"Actually, Im not, said Cobb with a smile when asked if hes ready for snow. I dont like cold weather. I dont like snow, but well find a way to make it here on time.

First-year running back DuJuan Harris grew up in Brooksville, Fla., and said the coolest temperatures hes ever played in was in the 20s during a college bowl game, but hes never really seen snow before.
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Im thinking just stay inside, said the 5-foot-8 Harris with a smile. Ive never seen so much snow, but its going to be something new to me. Ill come outside and itll probably come up to my waist. Im not sure how itll be.

Packers rookie cornerback Casey Hayward said his usual commute to Lambeau Field is about 10 minutes, but hes planning to give himself an extra 30 to get to work on time after talking with the coaching staff on Wednesday.

Ive never driven in snow. Im going to try to be real patient, Hayward said. I definitely have four-wheel drive.

I got me a truck.

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