Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Monday shrugged off an ESPN report that suggested there was tension between him and quarterback Aaron Rodgers over the handling of Rodgers' return from a broken collarbone.
"I’m very comfortable with my relationship with Aaron Rodgers," McCarthy told reporters a day after the Packers; 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. "He’s frustrated he’s not playing. I have no problem with our relationship."
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday on the Packers' handling of Rodgers and his injury.
There was no formal injury report in the wake of Sunday's game. The Packers will file an injury report on Wednesday even though they won't practice on Christmas Day.
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Here are other highlights from McCarthy's press conference:
On the severity of linebacker Clay Matthews' thumb injury:
Clay Matthews’ evaluation is still going on, so I don’t have all the information on Clay. Training staff didn’t feel really good about it.
A lot of conversation going on with Aaron Rodgers. I don’t have anything to announce today. Hopefully we can get the question answered sooner than later. We’re still working through that.
On whether they want to make a quicker determination on Rodgers:
This is something I think, clearly, after seeing Aaron practice for two weeks, this is something Ted Thompson and I need to sit down and determine if it’s time for Aaron Rodgers to play. (Rodgers) fully accepts and understands the injury. The decision is between Ted Thompson and I in representation of organization.
On whether it's important to team to make quicker decision:
We want to make quicker decision on Rodgers. Important for us to do that. It’s obviously a frustrating stretch for Aaron and the football team not knowing who the quarterback is going to be.
On whether Rodgers has been cleared:
We’re still gathering information today. We’re still working through it. Haven’t talked to (team doctor Patrick) McKenzie yet. We’re working through it.
On running back Eddie Lacy, who reinjured an ankle:
Eddie Lacy is sore. He’s been pretty much the whole season. We’re not going to practice until Thursday.
On how the team's mood changed after the Detroit and Chicago losses:
Mood has changed a lot. After their head coach talked to them, they thought the season was over. We’re excited about the opportunity. We’re playing for the championship. We looked at yesterday’s game as semifinals. I was not aware that Detroit lost (when I spoke to the team after the game). The last time I saw the score, they were winning by 10.
On wide receiver Randall Cobb, who's rehabbing a broken tibia:
Randall is going to practice more. He’s still under the status of being on injured reserve. We’ll up his reps on Thursday.
On linebacker Nick Perry's offside and guard T.J. Lang's false-start penalties:
The timing, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We were the sixth team to jump offside on a Pittsburgh field goal. Same thing on the run play.
On the final 10 seconds of the game:
I don't think it takes 10 seconds to throw a three-step drop. We have a clock for our football team. The center was given an indication to snap the ball. Obviously we were all up in arms about it but afterward it’s clear what happened.
On confusion about when to snap the ball:
The referee and umpire need to be on same page on when he stands over the ball, backs out and coordination of starting the clock. Umpire pointed at (center Evan Dietrich-Smith) at 3 seconds.
On the play call:
We didn’t have the timeout. We had the play called. (Quarterback) Matt (Flynn) made an adjustment on it. I think it was called before (referee) Carl (Cheffers) stepped back into his position. It just wasn’t coordinated. I’m not trying to get in trouble.
On what he said to the team after Sunday's game:
I basically just talked about the Steelers game and the tough go it’s been and how disappointed we are where we are. I was more in an administrative mode.
On filling two empty roster spots:
We need 46 to line up. That’s what I’m focused on. Takes a normal Monday to get through bumps and bruises. I’m focused on that 46.
On the two-practice week:
We have a coaching staff that’s been together a long time, a lot of continuity. We started on Chicago last week, all of our preliminary game-planning. We’re confident of just taking Wednesday’s work and moving it to Tuesday. Late in the year, we had a lot of challenges. On a personal note, I think it’s important for people to be with family on Christmas.
On playing for the NFC North title after everything that's happened:
We’re playing for the division championship. It’s been a wild ride so far. I’d like to think we’re just getting started. That’s what we’re selling. The NFL amazes you, the ups and downs and challenges. You talk about the word "parity."
On injuries piling up:
It’s part of the journey. Every path is different. I felt like we were able to practice a couple weeks in a row. It’s an opportunity for our younger players and we’re counting on those guys to step up.