McCarthy: Lacy did 'good things' in practice
On Eddie Lacy’s ankle: I thought Eddie did some good things in his limited reps. A Monday night game, we have a lot of time left. I feel good about treatment today, practice tomorrow and all day Monday. I think Eddie and Davante are both progressing.
On why Morgan Burnett was limited in Friday’s practice: Morgan Burnett felt something on his calf. Obviously, with his history there two weeks ago, we pulled him out of practice. I think any time you’re coming off a previous injury and you feel something, I think it’s a natural response.
On what Burnett means for defense: He means a lot. Just look at Week 1 and Week 2, the communication and productivity. He definitely makes a difference when he’s on the field. I think he’s definitely one of our best players on defense.
On importance of locker room chemistry: Well, the chemistry is important for so many different reasons. From a pure, productivity standpoint. To me, the toughest times are when you have success. So when you have locker room chemistry, you have to have that realist in the room who will say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. The other part of it, when adversity is coming, it comes in all forms and fashions on the field, off the field. The most typical is game day. You have to be able to get through that.
On need to finish games well: Finishing football games is always an emphasis. We talk about finishing every play, every practice, every day. If you look at the way the game was played Sunday night, we came out strong. There was a big surge. They probably came out and felt like they handled our surge in the first half, then they had a surge in the second half. Then, frankly, we took the came over in the fourth quarter.
On finishing games being a team identity: They’re game-changing plays. Clay Matthews’ interception changed the game in Chicago. Jayrone’s interception and knocking out the fumble changed the game. They’re important plays, and the timing was big.
On Bryan Bulaga’s knee injury: Bryan Bulaga will be out this week. He’s doing good. He’s feeling better, but he will not be available Monday night.
On whether Packers are relieved Bulaga’s knee injury didn’t end his season: Definitely a sigh of relief. Any time you come off the field just the way he did, you always think the worst particularly with his history. We definitely feel good about where he is and his potential timeline.