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Clay Matthews, Morgan Burnett probable for Sunday

Oct. 4, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday he thinks linebacker Clay Matthews will play on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday he thinks linebacker Clay Matthews will play on Sunday.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following Fridayís practice. Here are some highlights from his news conference:

Injury designations: Probable Ė S Morgan Burnett (hamstring); OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring); CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring); RB Eddie Lacy (concussion); TE Jermichael Finley (concussion); RB Johnathan Franklin (foot), FB John Kuhn (hamstring). Out Ė CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), OL Greg Van Roten (foot), RB James Starks (knee).

-Everything looks good with Clay Matthews. Fully expect him to play.

-Morgan Burnett looked good. Particularly, I thought our football team it was one of our better padded practices.

-Returns, itíll be situational. Weíre looking at Johnathan Franklin, Micah Hyde and Randall Cobb. Itís a game plan decision based on when and where.

-Casey Hayward is making progress. The big day for Casey will be next week Monday or Tuesday. Monday will be the big day for Casey this week.

-Watch Reggie work. Heís a talented young man, good quickness and handles the football seamlessly in the return game. Heís had a good two days of work.

-We wouldnít put anyone back there if we werenít comfortable how they catch the ball. Jordy Nelson and Tramon Williams took some returns. You need to do it every single week. I feel good about Micah and Johnathan.

-Past success, I really donít like talking about it. Every game is different. Division games, we have a process we go through. Itís really a credit to our players and coaching staff.

-Anytime a player switches positions and coming out of college and transition heís able to make. Everyone goes about it differently. His professionalism and development that he needed to work on, you can see improvement in his game.

-I look at Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin as three-down backs. How reps sort out, thatís why you play the game.

-I think this is probably their best team as far as theyíre playing coming into the game. I canít sit here and tell you how I felt about each and every game.

-John is an important member of our football team. Heís very valuable on game day whether itís special teams and pass protection. Weíll see how much he can go, but itíll be good to have him back out there.

-I really think the bye week if youíre going to prioritize the bye week, it is players getting healthy. The opportunity to practice during bye really donít exist. The health part of it really helps the players. The ability to step away and come back, the urgency is always heightened.

-Every season is different. I know the bye week for me determines how the whole year is laid out. You donít stay to that, itís an outline. As far as the time of year, it factors into that. Every year is different. The health of your team factors into that.

-I think a later bye week would be preferable. Playing on Thanksgiving has served as a mini-bye. I think itís going to work out fine.

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