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Driver questionable for this coming week

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference this morning that receiver Donald Driver will be questionable this week with a quadriceps injury, which kept him out of the majority of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. There’s a decent chance Driver will be rested for next Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, and have another week off after that because of the Packers’ bye week. Driver has suffered two separate injuries to his quad, according to McCarthy, including a bruise and a strain on top of it. McCarthy also said cornerback Pat Lee could possibly be out for the Cowboys game as well with a sprained ankle. That leaves the Packers short at the kickoff return position. Lee has been handling those duties, and before him receiver Jordy Nelson. But if Driver can’t play this week, the Packers might not want to risk Nelson on kickoff returns in order to maintain enough healthy receivers. McCarthy said the team would discuss kickoff return options this week. McCarthy also said Aaron Rodgers’ sprained ankle should be fine and the quarterback isn’t expected to miss any time. Tight end Andrew Quarless is undergoing tests on his strained shoulder and McCarthy had no additional updates on him. McCarthy also said at his presser: *He was most proud of his team’s plus-3 turnover differential, considering the Jets were leading the league in turnover ratio going into Sunday’s game. *He is happy with Sunday’s low penalty count and feels having officials at practice heightens the sense of urgency in avoiding penalties. *The team has until next Monday to decide on the physically unable to perform players – Al Harris, Atari Bigby and James Starks. That means they could sit out the Cowboys game before being activated. The Packers also have the option of placing them on season-ending injured reserve or releasing them. (My take: It wouldn’t be surprising if the Packers held Harris and Bigby out until after the bye. The players could use the extra time to return to 100%, and the team isn’t desperate enough to rush them onto the field.) *The fake punt by the Jets was surprising, but Anthony Smith made the key play to stop New York punter Steve Weatherford from coming up short of the first down. *Tim Masthay turned in what McCarthy described as the finest punting performance he’s  ever been a part of in all his years in football. McCarthy jokingly said the effort by Masthay makes him want to cry. *The Packers accomplished their two primary objectives against the Jets: taking away the football and stopping the run. *"We’re a damn good run defense," McCarthy said. He said the Packers stepped up and played at a very high level against the Jets’ rushing attack. *He pointed out the Packers’ posted the first shutout of the year in the NFL. *He said the win over the Jets can have a carryover effect. To go into the Jets’ house, on a big stage and win gives the Packers a big shot of confidence. *The Packers did not play to their standard on offense. In that regard, McCarthy said his team must get back to playing football the right way and not worry about what other teams are doing. Instead of worrying about technical matters so much, the Packers need to physically take it to their opponents. When the Packers got back to basics vs. the Jets they were productive.

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