†† The Packers will be without the services of fullback Korey Hall and safety Atari Bigby for their regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears, coach Mike McCarthy said at his Monday press conference. Hall suffered an ankle sprain and Bigby a groin strain in the Packersí 45-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. †† Although McCarthy didnít rule out linebacker Frank Zombo (knee) or defensive end Cullen Jenkins (calf), it didnít sound hopeful they would be able to play†against the Bears. Both missed the Giants game, and Jenkins didnít play the week before against the Patriots. † McCarthy touched on a variety of topics at his presser: † *John Kuhn earned two game balls for his play on offense and special teams against the Giants. Other game balls went to Aaron Rodgers on offense, A.J. Hawk and B.J. Raji on defense, and Brandon Underwood for special teams. Jarrett Bush received the ďbig hitĒ award. †*Halfback James Starks needs to do a better job during the week in practice to earn a spot on the 45-man active roster. Starks is behind Dimitri Nance in the running back pecking order. † *He characterized Lovie Smith's teams as consistent and very fundamentally sound. †† *The biggest thing McCarthy took from the last Bears game, in which the Packers lost 20-17, was the large number of penalties his team committed. He said the 18 penalties in that game sickened him, and noted the Packers have been more disciplined since then. †† *Punter Tim Masthay has improved throughout the season and has a chance to break the net punting record in Green Bay.† *Every time Bears return man Devin Hester touches the ball heís a threat to score. He might be the best player on the Bearsí roster. †† *He said the number of running attempts the Packers have had the past two weeks is his vision for the offense. He said the effectiveness of the runs hasnít been what he wants, but he likes a more balanced attack. † †*Heís not interested in the playoff scenarios in which the Packers could lose to the Bears and still make the playoffs. Heís focused on beating the Bears and getting to 10 wins. Nothing else matters as far as his team is concerned. † *Bryan Bulaga played a solid game against the Giants. He played against the Giantsí best defensive player and did a couple things †he'll learn from. He will continue to improve. He's playing better in run plays. †† *Chad Clifton played very well. The offensive line as a whole played well. †† *He likes the heartbeat, pulse and mindset of his team. Itís a fun group to coach. Itís the most resilient team he has coached considering the number of challenges it has faced.†
Hall, Bigby will miss Bears game
Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
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