Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke briefly with reporters before Thursday's practice. Here are some highlights of his conversation.
On why Bryan Bulaga didn’t practice Wednesday: Just coming back a little slow from the game. He got some work done on his knee. We’ll see what he can do today.
On whether Bulaga’s knee impacted his play Sunday: Well, I’m sure it didn’t help him. It’s definitely something that kept him out of practice Saturday.
On whether it’s the same knee that forced Bulaga to miss time earlier this season: Yes. Same knee.
On lengthy injury report: I think it’s Week 10 in the National Football League. Everybody has something. Our guys are battling through it just like everyone else.
On Lions: I see them as a talented division opponent that’s coming off a bye week. That’s the way we’ve gone about it this week. They’re coming out of the bye week, so there will be some uncommon looks. We’re preparing for that. This is a very talented football team and has been for some time.
On pass rush: Statistically, we haven’t sacked a quarterback, and we’re not hitting the quarterback the last two weeks. We’re looking to improve. It hasn’t been where it was the first six weeks, the past two weeks. That’s something we’ve brought up.
On Sam Shields’ injured shoulder: Sam practiced yesterday. We came off the field very encouraged. We’ll be in pads today, and that’s usually when we get the most information. Hopefully we’re as encouraged today as we were yesterday.
On the best thing rookie cornerback Damarious Randall has done: I would say just the ability to play in the man situations, where you feel comfortable putting him out there. He’s made big plays. I would say that’s his best attribute so far. I like the way he sticks his nose in there and tackles.