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McCarthy: Lang sore but OK; we'll see on Lacy, Burnett

Sep. 19, 2013
 

Following are the highlights from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy's post-practice press conference on Thursday:

Practice and injury report

S Morgan Burnett, hamstring, did not practice.

CB Jarrett Bush, ankle, did not practice.

TE Jermichael Finley, toe, limited in practice.

CB Casey Hayward, hamstring, out.

DT Johnny Jolly, neck, limited in practice.

FB John Kuhn, hamstring, did not practice.

RB Eddie Lacy, concussion, did not practice.

G T.J. Lang, back, limited in practice.

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What happened with T.J. Langís back?

Tightened up a little bit, donít think itís anything serious.

Why wouldnít the Packers do HBO's "Hard Knocks" show?

Iím the wrong person to ask, donít really watch it. Last time Cincinnati did it I watched it and didnít help game prep so didnít watch it this year. But there are things you want to keep in house.

Lacy hasnít practiced. Is it tough to see him playing Sunday?

He took a step today in the protocol, so weíll see where he is tomorrow. The medical staff still feels he has a good opportunity.

Does the bye next week affect availability of injured players this week?

Doesnít affect mine and I hope it doesnít affect the medical staff. Whoeverís healthy and gives us the best chance to win.

Did having Bryan Bulaga's injury early in training camp at least give the offensive line time to jell?

Yeah, any time a group has time to play together it helps. Definitely helped (rookie tackle David) Bakhtiari.

Impression of Bengals running back Giovani Bernard?

Good player, heís made an impact already in two weeks. They definitely want to run the ball and have action passing off that.

How do you stop Bengals receiver A.J. Green?

We have to play our defense. Itís going to come down to fundamentals, finish, pursuit. When you have a premier receiver, you have to make sure the defensive backs are playing to their leverage.

Are you uneasy if you have only 2 running backs this week?

Iím prepared, thatís my job. Preference is not to. Did that once against Kansas City and learned a hard lesson. Weíll be much better prepared than we were two years ago in Kansas City.

What did you learn in that game?

We had injuries on the offensive line, and they were challenging us on the perimeter. We came out in the second half and were really down to one back because (Ryan) Grant had a rib injury. You try to stay away from being one injury away from being out of a personnel package.

Can you use Randall Cobb at running back?

Yeah, but I donít want to make a living running the ball with Randall Cobb. Heís a dynamic player but we donít want to line up and hand him the ball 20 times.

Howís Morgan Burnettís hamstring?

Heís coming along. Not the progress Iím sure Morgan wants. I think heís going to be a long shot this week.

Can tight ends block as well as fullbacks?

Iíve looked at that position as one when roster building. The way you train fullbacks and tight ends, thereís tremendous carryover in our system. The way theyíre used on special teams and formations, theyíre all trained the same way.

How can you force more turnovers?

itís one of the key fundamentals of playing football. Tackling, blocking, ball security is definitely one of them. We need to do a better job getting the ball out.

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