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McCarthy isn't pleased with last practice before game

Aug. 21, 2013
 
McCarthy unhappy with practice; Crosby's struggles...
McCarthy unhappy with practice; Crosby's struggles...: Mike Vandermause, Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty talk about Mike McCarthy's cranky press conference after Wednesday's practice and an ugly series for kicker Mason Crosby.
Green Bay Packers coach Kevin Greene directs the defensive line during drills at training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to reporters after Wednesdayís practice. Here are some highlights from his news conference:

♦ (Rookie defensive end) Datone Jones stepped off the field today. Looked like he rolled his ankle. Same ankle.

♦ (Rookie linebacker) Andy Mulumba has a knee injury. Something that came up in meetings last night. Iím not sure what his availability will be, if he will be available for (Friday night's preseason game against) Seattle.

♦ I thought (quarterback) Aaron Rodgers looked fine. I thought we started off the way it needed to be. As far as individual performance, Iím a little jaded right now.

♦ (Format of practice was) something we tried. This was a Friday in-season practice. Weíre on a six-day week, thereís a number of six-day weeks. Thereís a number of moving parts, but players are supposed to practice and when the pads are on you have to practice a certain way and we didnít do that today.

♦ We didnít take full advantage to get ready to play.

♦ (Kicker) Mason Crosby. Itís not a good day. Like a lot of other guys if you want to write about that stuff.

♦ Seattle very good football team, very good on decision. Itís important for us to play well as a team. We need to play well. You canít have a better opponent.

♦ (Wide receiver) Randall Cobb was in a limited practice mode today. He has a chance for Friday. Know Randall is very close. (Wide receiver) Jordy (Nelson) is getting close.

♦ (Running backs) DuJuan Harris and Eddie Lacy are great to have back. Harris and Lacy need technical work.

♦ Weíll discuss that tomorrow (whether Harris will play on Friday). I thought he looked good today. He practiced the way he was supposed to. Iíd like to get him out there.

♦ Second half of practice didnít look the way it was supposed to look.

♦ Day before preseason game is the same as regular season. Just try to get their body clocks working in that direction.

♦ Communicate. (Asked what he does when he's ticked at players and there isn't another practice before a game.)

♦ (Quarterback) Vince Young has been putting in a lot of extra time with (quarterbacks coach) Ben McAdoo. Heís getting more and more comfortable this next week. Look for Vince to get some opportunities (on Friday night).

♦ How much the starters will play (on Friday night) will come down to our conversation tomorrow as a staff. Donít have it set today. Guys who have been injured the whole camp. Thatís what weíre working through.

♦ I know we have two right tackles who can play. Maybe make a decision after the game.

♦ I just want to see (rookie wide receiver) Charles Johnson play. If he can go out and play fast. Heís probably at a disadvantage without the timing and reps. For a young man to go out with first live action, want to see him do the best he can. Hopefully, he can go (Friday).

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