Following are the highlights from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s post-practice press conference on Thursday:
Practice and injury report
Full participation: LB Clay Matthews (thumb), LB Andy Mulumba (ankle).
Limited participation: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), LB Mike Neal (abdomen), DT Ryan Pickett (knee).
Did not participate: T Don Barclay (knee), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), CB Micah Hyde (groin), DT Johnny Jolly (groin), CB James Nixon (knee), LB Nick Perry (foot and ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone), CB Sam Shields (hamstring).
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When was (cornerback) Micah Hyde injured?
May have been carryover from game, his groin bothered him at practice yesterday.
Where does that leave you at cornerback, with lots of guys down?
Jarrett Bush practiced, we had enough. We had a good practice today. Cut back practice a little bit. Looking at possible pads today but went with helmets. I was pleased with tempo and mechanics.
How much did you adjust practice this week with a short week next week?
Have to be smart. Have these conversations in the offseason and the health of your team adjusts that. Today we cut out 15 minutes of practice, moved some of it to inside work.
How much of a jump was there in (linebacker) Clay Matthews’ play with a smaller cast last week?
He definitely improved, he needed to. He’s such an impact player. But it’s different for him now. He’s adjusting to it.
What about (cornerback) Sam Shields’ performance?
Sam’s had an excellent season. But this is where we are, this is why we have 53 on the roster. We need to go out and win the game regardless of who’s out there.
What's the challenge of (the Vikings') Cordarelle Patterson on kick returns?
Dynamic athlete, big, strong, athletic. We had a lot of respect for his ability coming out. He demonstrated that.
Think Shields will be OK to play Sunday?
I don’t know, don’t have a feel. 50-50. Hoping for more information tomorrow. The week’s going slow, we have time, but we’ll see what happens.
The offensive line allowed only one sack last week? Why was protection so good?
Our guys have done a good job in that area, especially on third down, and people are being aggressive with us. It starts with declaration and assignments recognizing in pre-snap.
How did (quarterback) Scott Tolzien handle the blitz?
Pretty good. We do a lot of work on it, going back to the offseason. It’s something we invest in, so I expect us to be good in that area.