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McCarthy: Lang sits out with sore back

Aug. 8, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang, right, fights linebacker Sam Barrington, left, during Wednesday's training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. Lang missed Thursday's practice with a sore back. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang, right, fights linebacker Sam Barrington, left, during Wednesday's training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. Lang missed Thursday's practice with a sore back. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following Thursdayís practice. Here are some highlights:

♦ T.J. Langís back was bothering him today. He had a pretty good collision yesterday at practice. Not sure his availability for tomorrow. (The Packers host the Arizona Cardinals in their preseason opener at 7 p.m. Friday.)

♦ No idea for injured players availability for tomorrow.

♦ Today was a review day. First time in helmets. Didnít start the way it needed to but thought last two periods were outstanding.

♦ Itís all part of it learning how to practice together. Itís where we are as a football team.

♦ Game-day staff operations wonít change.

♦ (Tackle) Andrew Datko has a concussion. (Guard) Lane Taylor should be back for tomorrow. (Taylor's wife was having a baby, and he missed practice.)

♦ Itís definitely not where you want to be. If we line up tomorrow with nine (offensive linemen), weíll have players who are playing positions they havenít been repping. It definitely helps him to have experience.

♦ You want a little bit of that (hot weather). Ultimately studies will tell you itís not the best thing for your team. The ability to practice in heat makes you a better conditioned team in practice isnít true. No. 1 offense with Aaron will play. How much everybody will play? Thatís what weíll sit down and talk about.

♦ My goal with (quarterback) Vince (Young) is to play him in the game tomorrow. Heís playing uphill right now. Frankly, itís the responsibility particularly myself to get him comfortable so he can just go play.

♦ Exactly how weíll alternate the kickers hasnít been finalized but weíll try to keep competition as balanced as possible.

♦ (Running back Eddie) Lacy didnít practice today so heís a concern for tomorrow. (He missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring strain.)

♦ Team is product of your culture. Everybody understands the value of being a Green Bay Packer. Thatís the way we operate. We do not do anything to jeopardize that. The brand name of the Green Bay Packers is something all of our players are educated on. The development of your individual brand, go for it as long as it doesnít jeopardize the Packers.

♦ Not sure about (when rookie receivers) Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey (might return).

♦ Really, (receiver) Randall (Cobb)ís work today was more with the ones and get the guys ready who you think will play. Thatís always a moving target. Weíre just trying to get guys ready to play in this game today.

♦ Hopefully, weíll play all four quarterbacks against Arizona. Itís an evaluation process. Iím cognizant everyone has family that will be at Lambeau Field.

♦ If you do the math, preseason games have always been the tie-breaker (in deciding who makes the team). Itís the real action. Itís what you put the most stock in. It generates the most conversation. At the end of the day, itís about your game tape.

♦ I know how (general manager) Ted (Thompson) wants me to answer that, but Iíll take the high road and say it would be great to have the Badgers play at Lambeau. Just donít screw up the grass.

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