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McCarthy borrows page from history books to deal with injuries

Oct. 16, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Packers coach Mike McCarthy took a page out of the history books on Wednesday as a way to deal with his mounting list of injured players.

"No one is over-reacting," McCarthy said at his press conference.. "Our theme is keep calm and carry on. So, you historians probably appreciate that. In 1939 issued by the British government right before World War II in anticipation of the bombing of the major cities. So, that’s what we’re talking about."

Here is a breakdown of what McCarthy said about some of his injured players:

*On linebacker Mike Neal not practicing due to a bruised shoulder: “It’s something that kept him out of practice today. I don’t think he’ll be available tomorrow, so we’ll see what he can do Friday.”


*On tight end Ryan Taylor needing minor knee surgery, in which the team didn’t find out about the injury until Tuesday: “Decided to go in and have surgery today. Ryan worked out yesterday in the weight room. You would have never known he was injured. He didn’t know about it during the game. He thought maybe he just kind of stung it, stung a nerve. So everything went well. I just had a chance to visit with (trainer) Pepper Burruss. I think he’ll definitely be on the front end of the length of time back so hopefully it’s no more than a couple weeks.”

*On receiver Randall Cobb being out for two months with a broken leg: “It really matched up clearly with the medical decision. If there ever was a case – we’re predicting as always when you’re dealing with the doctors’ decisions and how they forecast these things – this was clearly in that timetable.”


*On linebacker Nick Perry’s prognosis with a broken foot: “Nick, it’s really the same thing I think I talked about on Monday. I think it’s going to be a couple of weeks. He’s real upbeat about it, so we’ll just see where he is next week.”

*On the return of cornerback Casey Hayward from a hamstring injury: “I don’t have enough information to tell you where Casey is.”

*On receiver James Jones and his injured knee: Hopefully, Friday will the day that we'll find out about James. He's very positive about where he is, how he feels, but I think he's gearing up for a possible test in his rehab schedule."

*On linebacker Brad Jones and his hamstring injury: "Brad is getting better. They feel like he made a step in his rehab. As far as his availability, I don't have a real feel for that yet."

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