McCarthy: Boykin injury 'worse than they thought'

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after Wednesday's closed practice. Here are some highlights:

Green Bay Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin (11) returned a fumble for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during last year's game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Injury report

Out – WR Jarrett Boykin (did not practice, groin).

Doubtful – DL Josh Boyd (DNP, knee), ILB Sam Barrington (DNP, hamstring).

Probable – ILB Brad Jones (limited in practice, quadriceps), OLB Clay Matthews (full participation in practice, groin), G T.J. Lang (personal) OLB/DE Mike Neal (DNP, hip).

On Neal:

He couldn't practice today. I'm hopeful he'll be ready for the game.

On the impact of the team's new practice schedule:

Our injury situation to date, we definitely have been healthier from a numbers standpoint. Our biggest injuries, we've had four ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament knee injuries) and the league average is probably two a year.

On Boykin:

I don't have a timeline. Jarrett won't be ready for Thursday. I don't know if he'll be ready for Miami (on Oct. 12). That's a long time away. It's a little worse than they thought he was.

On younger quarterbacks being more ready to play sooner:

I think so. I think you have to give credit to high school programs and these college games, they're throwing the ball all over the yard. It used to be if you put a quarterback in shotgun, you had to teach him a whole new thing. Third-down is the toughest down in football, so I think these QBs have a lot more experience because what they do in high school and college before they get here. Everyone used to play in I-form. They had to be ready for third down and subpackages. Madden football. Let's be honest. What they're exposed to.

On rookie wide receivers Jeff Janis and Davante Adams:

I think Adams is taking advantage of his opportunities. I think they'll tilt coverage toward Jordy. Jeff has been doing a good job. We'll see how it works out.

On Mason Crosby's kickoffs:

He can kick it up in the stands as far as I'm concerned. He's kicking the ball very well. That's something this time of year you have to take advantage of.

On teams tilting coverage to wide receiver Jordy Nelson:

If you look at history of defense that has a quarters concept, they can match. Their ability to leverage Jordy in their base stuff is something they do all the time. I think it's part of the way they play.

On running offense out of shotgun formation:

Analogy for quarterback is similar to running back. If you look at (running backs) Eddie (Lacy) and James (Starks), they rip down field and you put them in shotgun, there's an adjustment. It's a whole different look. If you see runners not being patient, they're not trusting the footwork.

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