Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice. Here are some highlights:
♦ (Running back) Eddie Lacy was held out of practice because of his hamstring. I haven’t been given any information to be concerned long term.
♦ Something that’s been bothering him. It was determined he could not practice.
♦ (Running back) Alex Green was doing better. I thought he looked good. He missed practice yesterday because of the swelling.
♦ Mike Neal passed his physical. We worked him in a limited fashion particularly in the individual drills. Mike is a defensive lineman. He’ll have a role that’s a little different from the past.
♦ Game in 48 hours. We’ve been in pads the whole time.
♦ Vince Young is on Day 2 in a new offense. One of the reasons why we signed Vince Young was because he knows how to play quarterback, knows how to win.
♦ I think football players are definitely conditioned. Pro football doesn’t stop for anyone.
♦ (Wide receiver) Randall Cobb just being cautious with his bicep.
♦ (On fights at Wednesday's practice) It’s time to play someone else. They’re tired of getting after each other. Some plays have lingered to the next. The disciple of the game. This has been going on for two weeks.
♦ (Also on fights) Not very smart. Punch a man when he’s wearing a helmet. That’s not the smartest thing.
♦ (On left tackle Bryan Bulaga deciding to have knee surgery) It’s definitely the right decision. If you look at the history of our organization, we’ve never encouraged players to take the longer road. His response to the injury and doing one-legged squats. He doesn’t look like a man who’s getting ready to have knee surgery.
♦ If he has surgery, I don’t see him playing this year.
♦ I thought (offensive lineman Greg) Van Roten started a little slow in training camp and really came on.
♦ (Quarterback) Graham Harrell, I think he’s had a steady camp. He’s had some highs, which clearly was the scrimmage, live action in preseason games. He’ll learn from that experience. The practice, there’s been some up and down, which is normal in the installation phase.
♦ (On the running backs) They’ve picked it up. James Starks has picked it up. Alex Green has been playing better. When DuJuan gets back, it’ll even go to another level. Our running back competition, top to bottom, has never been this good.
♦ Did skeet shooting yesterday.
♦ We have talked about scrimmaging another team but frankly it just doesn’t work for us. There’s some components to how we go about training camp. The Green Bay Packers will never leave Green Bay. As far as trying to make it work, I tried two years in a row and it didn’t work for us.