McCarthy: Raji, Shields still in concussion protocol
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on Thursday morning. Here are some highlights:
On Sam Shields/Bryan Bulaga:
Making progress. Seeing them in the meetings, there’s a plan for them today. We’ll see how they respond. I think Bryan, Sam and David we probably won’t know until the end of the week.
On B.J. Raji:
He’s still in the protocol.
He’s on the backend of the protocol.
On Clay Matthews going back-to-back games without a tackle:
He’s clearly our most disruptive player. The statistics don’t always tell the full story. I don’t think it’s an indication of anything.
On Minnesota’s offensive line:
Best offensive lines play together. That’s something if you look at teams that are successful, offensive lines that play 16 weeks or so together, there’s a direct correlation to that.
On GB’s banged-up o-line:
For the most part, we’ve handled it. Last week we didn’t handle it. Things we were trying to get done, we did not. I really like our group. Really flexible group we’ve had here.
On Josh Sitton practicing:
Josh, this has really been the plan. He’s been on the same plan for four, five weeks. He has the trust of the coaches.
On Letroy Guion:
Letroy did a lot of good things. Mike Pennel did a lot of good things, as well. It’s a good rotation up front. One of the strengths of our team is our defensive line. We’ll see how B.J. gets through the week.
On special-teams units:
Our coverage units have done a good job. We’ll be challenged this week. Ball placement will be critical this week. Coverage units will be a part of it. … I feel better about it this year than last year if you’re looking for a comparable.
On defending Adrian Peterson:
Adrian is a great player. He’s an impact player. He’s a focal point of the defense regardless of who they compete against. It’s something he’s dealt with his whole football life. That’ll be the case Sunday night.
On JC Tretter’s versatility:
JC is an excellent football player. You think about what he’s done this year. He’s playing center, playing tackle. I don’t know how many guys can do that. We’re always looking for things for him. Just his flexibility and being able to backup every position on the offensive line.