Following are the highlights from coach Mike McCarthy's post-practice press conference today:
**McCarthy said all players and coaches made it to work on time today, but he shortened practice by about 20 minutes to shorten their work day. He did it in part because of the team's long injury list but also because of the major snowstorm that hit Green Bay early this morning that is expected to last until late tonight.
"I feel itís important to get our players home today before it gets dark," McCarthy said. "The bulk of the storm is coming between noon and 6 p.m. is my understanding. We do have a couple guys who havenít drove in snow before, so this is a little bit of an exciting introduction to say the least. Just being smart with the team. Obviously our numbers are still very high as far as guys coming back (from injuries) and getting ready for this week. Weíve got a couple guys with the flu. Itís a combination of all those things."
**Running back James Starks (bruised knee) still isn't ready to play, but McCarthy said Starks has a good chance of returning by the playoffs.
"Thatís what the medical staff is telling me, Starksí situation is to hopefully get him back for the playoffs," McCarthy said. "That was a decision that was made a few weeks ago."
**Three offensive linemen missed all or most of practice today, but McCarthy appeared hopeful all could be back by tomorrow. Guard T.J. Lang didn't practice Wednesday because of a concussion and stayed home today because of the flu; center Jeff Saturday has a neck and shoulder injury that sidelined him both days; and backup guard Greg Van Roten left part-way through practice today because of a back injury.
McCarthy said Lang has a good chance of being cleared from his concussion this week.
"I'm confident heíll be able to pass," McCarthy said, "he was unable to go through the testing (today) because of the flu."
The plan all week for Saturday was to have him practice Friday. And Van Roten's injury didn't appear to be serious.
"Something that just happened down there at practice," McCarthy said of Van Roten. "Kind of locked up on him. (The team's medical staff) didnít seem overly concerned. Weíll see what the next 24 hours brings."