On Eddie Lacy’s groin injury: Eddie Lacy is going to practice today. We’re going to see how he does coming off of the groin injury and missing Sunday’s game.
On Jared Abbrederis’ rib injury: Jared Abbrederis, he’s going to be several weeks. I don’t have specifics for you, but he’s not going to be available this week.
On how Aaron Rodgers is feeling: He’s banged up. We’ve got a number of players banged up.
On Micah Hyde: He’s banged up. Micah’s banged up.
On whether he’ll practice yet: Hope so. He’s on the bubble. We’ve got a couple guys on the bubble today.
On Andrew Quarless coming back from a knee injury: He just told me he’s ready, but he’s not practicing today.
On how much players get to decide whether they play through non-concussion injuries: First and foremost, it’s a medical decision. However the player wants to approach it, you have to be cleared from the medical side. It’s on record that we’re extremely conservative from that side. I remember back to the ‘90s, you’d finish the season and six of your offensive linemen would go and have surgery, and they’d play the whole season. I think it’s just talked about more, there’s more awareness now. There’s really nothing to be gained with a player talking about their injury.
On Jeff Janis: Jeff’s doing a good job. Opportunities that he’s been given on special teams, I’ve been very pleased with his participation there and performance there. as time moves on, hopefully he’ll have more opportunities on offense.
You feel bad for Jared. He had an excellent camp, and you can start there at the beginning of camp, an excellent offseason. He obviously practiced very well last year and was injured.
On Eddie Lacy’s changed role: I didn’t really get to see him respond. It was really who was going first and who plays first at the running back position. He’ll go second again. James will play the first series, and then Eddie will go second.
On offensive struggles: If you look at production offensively, we haven’t been where we’d like. Every year is different. Every year brings challenges. The way we’ve been challenged by the defense the past three weeks is something we have to overcome.
on patience with running the football: If you’re going to be good at anything, it’s going to take a commitment. Throwing the ball 61 times, that’s excessive for one game. in hindsight, you might want to back up and rethink that and learn from it as you get ready for the next one. There’s a lot of things going through the game. there’s conversations, there’s adjustments that really affect the end result of what gets called and when it gets called.
On Vikings improvement from last year; Well, I think what you see is it’s Year 2 of the program. They’re very sound, always have been in how they challenge you. They play faster. I’d say the exact same thing on offense. Norv has always done a good job. Featuring Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater always does a nice job at the line of scrimmage. And I think their special teams have been playing very well. A very well-rounded football team.
On I think you have to look at last year’s game up there. I think that game went exactly the way they would want it to go. I think that game last year can tell you a lot about their approach.