Mike McCarthy upbeat with Packers' injury updates
ORLANDO, Fla. - By the time their season flamed out in Week 15, the Green Bay Packers had been decimated by injuries at a number of critical positions.
At the beginning of the season, offensive line coach James Campen was dealing with a carousel that saw backups Jason Spriggs, Kyle Murphy, Justin McCray, Lucas Patrick and Ulrick John all pressed into service.
At the end of the year, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was cobbling together undrafted rookies as Kevin King, Quinten Rollins, Damarious Randall, Davon House and Demetri Goodson missed 39 games combined.
Then, of course, there was also the crippler: a broken collarbone for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the ultimate nail in the season's coffin.
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Coach Mike McCarthy offered a number of injury updates Tuesday during the AFC and NFC head coaches breakfast at the annual league meeting. Here is the latest information on a number of recovering Packers:
Quarterback, broken collarbone on Oct. 15
On his availability for organized team activities: “I don’t see any restrictions on him.”
Tackle, torn ACL on Nov. 6
On his recovery: “All feedback I’ve been given is positive. He’s in Florida training, he’s going through his rehab program. But just talking to Dr. (Patrick) McKenzie … he feels that Bryan is right on course.”
On whether Bulaga is part of the team next season: “Oh yeah, I would hope so.”
Tackle, dislocated kneecap on Dec. 23
On his recovery: “He’s further ahead than we anticipated right now. Until we get into the IPW (individual player workout) stuff, I probably won’t have a real gauge on him.
On whether Spriggs will be ready for training camp: “God I would hope so, yeah, based off what I’ve seen in the weight room.”
Cornerback, torn Achilles on Oct. 15
On his recovery: “Good. Really good, actually. Really good. Just talked about him last week. Rehab is going good. Q does everything right. I look for him to come back strong.”
Safety, placed on injured reserve with an ankle problem on Nov. 3
On his recovery: “He’s back, looks good, he’s been in there working out.”