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Chillar, Havner likely out for 49ers game

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Brandon Chillar will be out this week after aggravating a right shoulder injury, coach Mike McCarthy said this morning. Chilar was hurt while making a tackle during a kickoff against Atlanta on Sunday . It’s the same shoulder that’s cause him problems this season. Tight end/linebacker Spencer Havner also is expected to miss action with a hamstring injury, McCarthy said at his regular Monday press conference. Cornerback Pat Lee sprained his ankle and “will be challenged to be back this week," McCarthy added. Running back Dimitri Nance will go through the necessary process after sustaining a concussion against the Falcons. With Nance’s status up in the air, McCarthy said he expects running back James Starks to be available for next Sunday ’s game against San Francisco. “He better be,” McCarthy said of Starks. “He may have an opportunity this week.” Wide receiver Greg Jennings could miss some practice time this week because of a foot injury. On other topics addressed at the press conference: -- McCarthy defended his decision to not to challenge the 6-yard catch by Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez on fourth-and-3, saying he didn’t have enough information to warrant a challenge and also noting that head official Pete Morelli’s crew has one of the lowest turnover ratios in the league. As for the replay getting to the coaches box too late, McCarthy also said he wouldn’t consider using a timeout to get the information needed to make a challenge. “There was really no information that would’ve led me to challenge that play,” McCarthy said. “You have significant information and blind information, and there was no significant information, which would come from a replay. Their offense didn’t hurry up. I saw the play, it looked like Tony had both hands under the ball. Watching the coach’s tape this morning, you can’t tell if it’s a catch or no catch.” -- McCarthy praised quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ performance on the offense’s 90-yard drive during the waning moments of the fourth quarter. As for Rodgers’ fumble on a goal line quarterback sneak, McCarthy said the lack of execution wasn’t just on Rodgers, but the offensive line. “I’ve never seen a quarterback in my time here play to that level in the passing game, I’ll make that statement,” McCarthy said. “I thought he played at an extremely high level in the passing game. The quarterback sneak, the fumble, that’s as much on the execution of the line as it is the ball carrier.” — Weston Hodkiewicz, whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com

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