McCarthy: Hayward slowed by glute strain

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Here are the highlights from his news conference:

A healthy Casey Hayward (left) at cornerback should improve the Packers’ defense.

Packers injury report

OLB Andy Mulumba (knee, out), ILB Brad Jones (quadriceps, did not practice), CB Casey Hayward (glute, DNP), T Bryan Bulaga (knee, limited in practice), DB Micah Hyde (knee, limited).

On Bulaga:

Bryan went through all the walk-throughs. I don't know the exact amount of reps.

More optimistic about Bulaga?


On Hayward:

Casey has a glute strain.

On cleaning up penalties:

You stay focused on the things you need to improve on. Playing within the rules is important. If you try to establish a style of play, we just emphasize it.

On Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson:

Calvin Johnson is a great player. They move him around. His ability to make big plays in all phases of the passing game is unique. He's obviously a focal point.

On the Lions' offense under new coach Jim Caldwell:

There have been changes. The utilization of the run game. There's still big-play potential.

On studying a new coach in the offseason:

You look into every coach's past history or how they may project.

On how the Packers' tight ends are doing:

After two games, I think opportunities in passing game have been limited but they improved from Week 1 to Week 2.

On Lions running back Reggie Bush:

He's an excellent football player. How we're going to go about attacking their offense, he's a weapon. He's unique. Their big-play ability with their offense is one of our toughest challenges this year.

On wide receiver Jordy Nelson's growth:

I think Jordy Nelson has been everything everybody thought he would be. He came in and contributed right away. He's a big receiver, smart and finishes catches. He does it all.

On having three straight NFC North games:

The biggest thing is the number of games in however many days are in front of us. This is a division game and we're going to take them one at a time. This is a big game going into Detroit.

On last year's Thanksgiving loss in Detroit:

It was a bad day. We lost the game. Bad day.

On the Packers defense's improvement:

We've played two games. We improved from Week 1 to Week 2 on defense.

On Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy:

New York Giants game, I thought he was outstanding. We have great respect for him. He's clearly one of their best players on defense. I really like both of those linebackers.

On Nelson's high number of touches:

Jordy Nelson's production is obviously a credit to him and the rest of our offense. However that sorts out, it's about scoring points at the end of the day.

On linebacker Andy Mulumba's knee injury:

He's lost for the season. Very unfortunate.

On recent NFL developments with Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice:

It's important to check your mail. We've definitely done that. We've talked about it as a football team.

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