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McCarthy: Finley headed home from hospital

Oct. 25, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley sustained a spinal contusion during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. He was expected to leave a Green Bay hospital on Thursday. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley sustained a spinal contusion during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. He was expected to leave a Green Bay hospital on Thursday. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Following are the highlights from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference following practice on Thursday:

Practice and injury report

Full participation in practice: CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee).

Limited participation in practice: LB Brad Jones (hamstring).

Did not practice: WR James Jones (knee), LB Nick Perry (foot), TE Ryan Taylor (knee).

Out: LB Clay Matthews (thumb), TE Jermichael Finley (neck/back).

More from McCarthy

Was the team scheduled to not practice in pads today?

Only allowed so many padded practices in the year. We have a master schedule. This is how it fell.

Is tight end Jermichael Finley out of the hospital?

My understanding is Jermichael is supposed to get out of the hospital today.

Linebacker Brad Jones was full participation in practice on Wednesday but only limited on Thursday. Any issues with his hamstring?

I think it was more the reps. He was pretty close as far as his work today and yesterday.

How promising does it look for tackle Derek Sherrod to get activated after his three weeks of PUP practice are finished? (Sherrod is on the physically-unable-to-perform list after breaking a leg.)

I think it’s promising, definitely much better than it was when the season started. Moved past the mobility part of it. They had some concerns. He needs padded work. He's doing extra drill work. Trying to get him as acclimated as possible.

The run defense has been good this year, but can you bottle up the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson?

We go out every week to stop the run. It’s about winning a down, keeping the defense in a favorable down and distance. He’s the focal point of the offense, but we’re going to win the game and it starts with stopping the run.

Are you preparing for both Vikings quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder this week?

You have to. They have three quarterbacks that have played, it’s all on film. We’ve broken that down and we’ll be ready for any of the three.

Are you comfortable putting safety Sean Richardson back in after he was cleared by your doctors this week? (Richardson is on the PUP list with a neck injury.)

Got great news on him this week. Happy for him. He looks great. He’s getting better, getting close.

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