Sitton, Lang questionable to play vs. Bears
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Friday morning. Here are some highlights:
Out: WR Kevin Dorsey (foot, did not practice; status estimated because no practice on Friday)
Questionable: G T.J. Lang (ankle, limited), G Josh Sitton (toe, limited)
Probable: QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring, full participation), CB Sam Shields (knee, full), S Morgan Burnett (calf, full), DL Datone Jones (ankle, full).
On Lang and Sitton's availability:
"T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton had a workout this morning at 8 a.m. down at the Hutson Center. They both completed it. The work load they were asked to do, they exceeded it. That part went well, but really their evaluation tomorrow is the next step we have to get through."
On their durability:
"That's pro football. They're old-school pros. You don't really wait around to feel good to play. If you think that's reality, there wouldn't be a lot of guys playing on Sundays. They fight through all the different levels of things they have to deal with. I think it's a real credit to both those guys. I think that's what you look for."
What happened to Dorsey:
"Kevin Dorsey suffered a foot injury yesterday at practice, that's a significant injury. He'll be out multiple weeks."
Is the injury significant enough for him to be placed on injured reserve?
"We're not there yet. That's something we're going to have to work through."
On Rodgers' progress:
"I just got done meeting with Aaron. He feels good. He had a couple throws to his left yesterday, so it's really kind of the last thing he wanted to feel and see. He's ready to go."
Any concern about his mobility?
"No. We have a full game plan. We just reviewed our call sheet. We have the meeting prior to this about first calls and different situations. ... He's ready to go."
On how a week of practice helps guard Lane Taylor:
"Oh, it's a big difference. You can just see it, just the way the guys, the young guys that are taking the reps, how they're performing. I think Garth Gerhart's had an excellent week of practice, I think Lane Taylor's had an excellent week of practice, JC (Tretter is) getting more comfortable, he's being asked to do a lot of things. So it clearly gives them a better opportunity to get ready than getting thrown into the game because obviously they didn't have the amount of reps in that type of situation. As in Lane's case in New Orleans. And that being said, really tomorrow, I'm not really looking for T.J. and Josh to take reps, because I want to make sure those three guys are ready to go."
Are players returning from ACL injuries on schedule?
"I would think so, I haven't asked, but they're here every day. They're all, it's amazing how fast these players progress through the rehab. So everybody's walking around and you wouldn't know any of them have had ACL surgery."
On the weather forecast for Sunday:
"I think that no one knows what's going to happen, like they normally don't on Friday before a Sunday night game. It's going to be colder with potential snow during the day and then stop maybe a little bit in the fourth quarter, I was told today. It doesn't matter. The only thing I really ever look at is the wind. Rain and snow has never really bothered me."
Why is that?
"It usually changes. I always laugh because I go back and when I look at that picture (from) the Seattle playoff game. I remember standing on the field before the game and being told it's going to be a clean night, no show. I think it was a white-out by the end of the first quarter. It happens in Green Bay, as you know.
On Burnett and Shields:
"They're having solid weeks of work. I know Morgan is still working through, but he's been a full participant. Sam has kind of just picked up right where he left off."