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Despite deactivations, Driver still could play this season

Jan. 6, 2013
 

Despite being inactive in four of the Green Bay Packers' last six games, Donald Driver and coach Mike McCarthy appear to be on the same page.

During his Sunday news conference, McCarthy said he's been in communication with the franchise's all-time leading receiver about his recent string of deactivations.

After sitting out last week's 37-34 loss in Minnesota, the 37-year-old Driver was still inactive on Saturday's rematch with the Vikings despite rookie Jarrett Boykin being sidelined with an ankle injury.

This season, in what likely will be his 14th and final year with the Packers, Driver has only eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. According to Pro Football Focus, he's been targeted 13 times with three drops.

While there are no guarantees, McCarthy left the door open that Driver could still play this season.

“We’ve had conversations of late here, with part of what’s going on with him being active and inactive, and he’s handled it very well,” McCarthy said. “Everybody clearly understands what he means to this organization and what he’s done. He’s out there preparing every day, getting ready to play. He may have an opportunity this week, we’ll see how it shakes down. Those are very difficult decisions to make when you have a healthy 53 to get to 46.”

Among the team's five active wide receivers was Jordy Nelson, whose snaps were being slightly monitored after injuring his knee last week. He finished with three catches for 51 yards after not playing the first three series on Saturday.

“Jordy coming back off of injury, I don’t want to call it a rep count, but it wouldn’t have been smart for him to try to go out and play 60 plays,” McCarthy said.

Tight end Jermichael Finley was one of a number of Packers seeing team physicians on Sunday, but McCarthy didn’t expect the hamstring injury he sustained on Saturday to be serious in nature.

Offensive coordinator Tom Clements was not addressing his potential candidacy for the Chicago Bears’ head-coaching vacancy on Saturday. “I’ll talk about the 49ers. That’s it,” Clements said.

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