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Mike McCarthy press conference highlights

Oct. 2, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy waves to the crowd while walking off the field after the Packers beat the Detroit Lions 34-13 at Lambeau Field on Dec. 30, 2007. The Lions haven't won in Wisconsin since 1991. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy waves to the crowd while walking off the field after the Packers beat the Detroit Lions 34-13 at Lambeau Field on Dec. 30, 2007. The Lions haven't won in Wisconsin since 1991. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

The Green Bay Packers have ruled three players out of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field: running back James Starks, cornerback Casey Hayward and offensive lineman Greg Van Roten.

Practice and injury status

Full participation: S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), TE Jermichael Finley (concussion), RB Johnathan Franklin (foot), FB John Kuhn (hamstring, RB Eddie Lacy (concussion).

Limited participation: LB Clay Matthews (hamstring).

Out: CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), G-C Greg Van Roten (foot).

More from McCarthy

Highlights from coach Mike McCarthy's press conference after Wednesday's practice:

♦ Clay Matthews was a limited practice participant. He's getting better. He's made a lot of progress. Hopeful he will be able to do more tomorrow.

♦ Starks' injury will keep him out a couple weeks.

♦ Lacy and Franklin are looking good, Kuhn was back today, so we're getting better.

♦ (With) Hayward, hamstrings are different with every player as far as rate of recovery. He's not going to be ready this week. Probably know next week how close he is.

♦ Finley looked like himself. Great to have him back (from a concussion).

♦ Van Roten sprained his foot on Monday. Will be out for a while.

♦ The Lions are a very talented football team. They do a good job schematically. They're playing well, playing with confidence. These division games are always tough.

♦ Their offense with (running back) Reggie Bush is improved. (Quarterback Matthew) Stafford is doing a good job of getting ball out of his hands. Will be a challenge for our defense.

♦ Lions defense, starting point, is defensive line. They do good job.

♦ Happy with progress (kicker) Mason Crosby has had. Kicking ball very well.

♦ Lions are playing better than last year. They're a good football team. I don't know why we're even talking about last year.

♦ Losing key offensive players early in the game are part of our game plan. You have a plan if something happens to them.

♦ I don't even acknowledge the streak (of the Packers winning at home against the Lions every year since 1991). It's not going to help us on Sunday. The last two decades is the last two decades. It won't show up in our team meetings.

♦ We'll take the week to work punt and kick returners. I'll answer that at end of week.

♦ I don't see a big, drastic change on way defenses are playing our run game.

♦ Mike Neal is playing elephant position. It's utilizing his skills. I'm happy with the way he's performed. As for Neal pushing (linebacker) Nick Perry, we don't play with 11 players. Situational packages, etc. means it's not about this guy competing against that guy.

♦ An old coach once told me that production of run game is directly related to the runner, but run blocking is also very important. I look at running backs, they are decision makers, have to run through right hole. Good runners make run blocking units better. Runners are off to good start.

♦ (Cornerback) Sam Shields has played very well, made a big step in his game.

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