Banged-up Packers focused on Arizona

Associated Press Modified: October 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm •  Published: October 29, 2012
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers played without eight starters last weekend, and coach Mike McCarthy added two more players to the injury list on Monday.

The flood of injuries affected Green Bay's practice schedule in the run-up to Sunday's lackluster 24-15 victory over Jacksonville, but McCarthy isn't about to use them as an excuse.

"The injuries are part of the game. It's unfortunate on a personal level," McCarthy said. "There's things that go on in our world in the game of football that are just unsaid. It's just the way you go about your business. It's what you accept and it's part of the grind of an NFL season.

"People ask me, 'How does it impact your football team?' I've never taken the time to try to quantify the impact it has on your team."

Wide receivers Greg Jennings (torn abdominal muscle) and Jordy Nelson (hamstring), fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) and running back Cedric Benson (sprained foot) were among the starters who missed Sunday's game. Safety Charles Woodson (broken collarbone), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and linebackers Nick Perry (knee), D.J. Smith (knee) and Desmond Bishop (hamstring) also were out.

Jennings was scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but McCarthy said it was postponed because of the superstorm on the East Coast.

"Exactly when he will go? That has not been determined yet," McCarthy said.

McCarthy also added defensive ends Jerel Worthy (concussion) and Mike Neal (knee) to the list of injured players.

The increasing amount of injuries affected Green Bay's preparations for the game against Jacksonville. For instance, with so many players down, McCarthy cut practices short on Wednesday and Thursday. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements estimated that the team lost roughly 15 percent of its regular practice snaps.

"Which we had to do just because of the injury situation trying to keep guys healthy," he said. "But we didn't have as many 'live reps,' if you want to call them that.



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