McCarthy: Never want to see players injured

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (70) is helped off the field in the second quarter against St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Monday evening. Here are some highlights:

On injuries:

We’ll have an injury report Wednesday.

On Nick Perry:

We’ll see. We’ll have an injury report for you Wednesday.

On Perry’s setback:

You never want to see any of your players go through injury stretches. Unfortunately, my experience is sometimes it comes in bunches. It is unfortunate. Nick has been having a great year. As we continue to gather the information, we’ll see how he is.

On the win over St. Louis:

You go through all the mental aspects of the tape. Offensively, that was not our strength. The part that’s exciting for us as a team is we know we didn’t do things as well as we’re capable of. The fact you’re able to take away from that. It tells you the kind of team we can really be. You want to be a football team that can beat you a number of different ways. That’s been the goal since April. We’re making steps toward that. We have some guys who are beat up. This is an important stretch for us. We have to do a better job with mental preparation. Wednesday’s health report will have a big say on how we practice this week.

On playing a lot of guys defensively:

Definitely. I think you have to. As I told the rookies Saturday night, you’re not rookies anymore. I think a lot of the rookies have played more football than a lot of us expected. It bodes well for the whole team. The guys are productive. They’re prepared. Great job by the coaching staff to get guys ready to play early.

On Quinten Rollins:

Really, I think he’s done a lot of good things this season. There’s a game-changing play. Two huge plays that definitely factor into the outcome of the game. He’s a mature young man. I think his college experience as far as basketball and playing the fifth year speaks to that. He’s been comfortable since the first day he stepped on the field.

On offensive problems:

There’s nothing going on. It’s football. It’s the way you compete in this league. It’s about matchups and scheme, and flow and things that happen around you. This was a very healthy day for our offense to go through. This is exciting. We have a very good offense and we’ll be very good on offense as we go forward. We’re not making any judgments over five games.

On running-game problems:

You give your opponent credit. We focus on the things we can control. I would think offensively we weren’t as sharp mentally as we needed to be.

On using Josh Walker and Don Barclay after T.J. Lang got hurt:

It had nothing to do with performance.

On how Walker played:

I thought his pass protection was very good. I thought Josh Walker did a good job.

On offensive-line depth:

There’s other things that factor into that whether you have seven up or eight and Lane Taylor, too.

On it being a healthy day for offense:

It’s like growing up in the bar business. Like my mother said, there’s things you should pay close attention to and things you shouldn’t specifically do. I think you learn more from what you don’t do well in the game of football and we’ll learn from it.

On Rodgers’ scrambling:

When he comes out of the pocket, it’s always throw first. I’m not interested in seeing Aaron having eight carries in a football game but it’s a part of the way we play. I thought he ran smart.

On Sean Richardson:

In respect for Sean and the process he’s going through, this is not the time to talk about that. There’s still things that need to be looked at. He needs to go through the whole process until the final judgment comes in.

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