McCarthy shrugs off rain, injuries
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media following Friday's practice. Here are some highlights:
On whether rain cut practice short:
We had planned on cutting practice short by about 20 minutes and then cut it down 30 with ball drills. This is the point of camp when you have to be smart in trying to prevent the fatigue injuries. It was slick with the light rain. We got some extra ball drill work.
On linebacker Jayrone Elliott dropping out:
On the rain:
Rain doesn't bother me. This is a three-day stretch that's very taxing. You have to stretch your team out and push the limits, and try to achieve certain things. That's all part of the scheduling and training. We're watching the weather. We had planned to go in based on the weather, but the wind died and flags weren't moving. We were able to get all of our work in.
On linebacker Clay Matthews' work inside the Don Hutson Center:
I'm not of high concern. The biggest and most important thing is starting from the beginning of the position. You go back to square one – his run fits, responsibilities. Get the whole offseason practicing it. Now, it's the review for veteran players. He needs reps like everyone else.
On defensive tackle Mike Pennel and tight end Mitchell Henry, both out on Friday:
Henry had a finger injury. Pennel has a groin injury.
On groin injuries:
Groins and strains are fatigued injury category.
On guard T.J. Lang dropping out of practice:
On rookie cornerback Damarious Randall's injury:
I think he had a groin also.
On whether the Packers need to hide anything because Family Night is televised:
We're going to install. We know this going in. The scripts have been done since back in June. We'll have some things that will be of interest. Every game is its own entity. Whatever we show, we show.
On guest speaker Erik Weihenmayer:
Erik's talk was really about the mental toughness that he's been able to accomplish. He's an incredible speaker. His message was outstanding. We're still talking about it. He definitely made an impact.
On rookie running back John Crockett returning to practice:
It's very important. You talk about Clay Matthews, but this is the total other end of the spectrum. He was going through individual work.
On why linebacker Josh Francis dropped out of practice:
He had a hip injury.
On Family Night fireworks:
Anytime you can include your family into this inner circle we operate every day. The sacrifices the families make. There's nothing more unique than watching fireworks at Lambeau Field.