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Packers try to “keep calm” despite all their injuries

Mike McCarthy AP

The Packers might not have any decisions to make at all when it comes time declare their inactives for Sunday’s game with the Browns.

In fact, all those spots might be taken by injured players, and then some, leaving the possibility of the Packers being short of the maximum game-day roster of 46.

As pointed out by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, seven players were held out of practice Wednesday, and four of the inactive spots will be taken by players with longer-term injuries — outside linebackers Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry (foot), along with tight end Ryan Taylor (knee surgery Wednesday) and running back James Starks (knee).

Throw in question marks such as wide receiver James Jones (knee), linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) and cornerback Casey Hayward (who is practicing for the first time today after a hamstring strain), and the Packers may have filled their quota for the seven-man inactive list, even before considering linebacker Mike Neal (shoulder), who was added to the report yesterday.

“Our theme is keep calm and carry on,” McCarthy said. “You historians probably appreciate that. In 1939 [it was] issued by the British government right before World War II in anticipation of the bombing of the major cities. So, that’s what we’re talking about.”

Of course, having so many linebackers out might prevent them from doing much blitzing of their own, McCarthy has shortened practices to try to keep the guys he has left fresh.

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24 Responses to “Packers try to “keep calm” despite all their injuries”
  1. ruvelligwebuike says: Oct 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    How anyone can dislike McCarthy and this Packer squad is beyond me.

  2. thegrigga49 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:43 AM

    Keep pounding that beast E Lacy

  3. muskyhunter2542 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:57 AM

    Fight through it, and get the 14 rookies on this team game experiance. When/if this team gets healthy, watch out!!!

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:58 AM

    Amazing that of the 53 on this roster. 14 are rookies.

  5. purpleguy says: Oct 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    On the good side, at least the gazillion hamstring injuries seem to have subsided.

  6. trumb1mj says: Oct 17, 2013 11:06 AM

    Interesting that Mike McCarthy was choosing to go bowling and skeet shooting while the rest of the NFL was working their butts off conditioning. Not saying they’re directly related but it sort of makes you wonder…

  7. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:06 AM

    Time to hire a new strength and conditioning coach.

  8. leatherface2012 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:08 AM

    Keep pounding that beast E Lacy

    till he gets knocked out. wonder how the team would be mising 38 starters?

  9. packerbackernj says: Oct 17, 2013 11:10 AM

    With Cobb and Jones getting hurt, this was the perfect year to decide a solid running back would be a good investment. last time the injuries were this bad, they went 10-6, ran the table as a wild card and won the super bowl. What good times.

  10. pushn50 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:28 AM

    In GB, a player can start the season as a 3rd stringer, and become a starter by week three! It’s become the norm in GB over the past five years or so. Oh well, next man up and good luck!

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:33 AM

    It’s a privilege to witness greatness.

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 17, 2013 11:33 AM

    Best. Leader. Ever.

  13. jimmysee says: Oct 17, 2013 11:40 AM

    “These are times that try men’s souls.”

    — Thomas Paine

  14. tremoluxman says: Oct 17, 2013 12:03 PM

    Well, paint me green and call me Gumby. All the vaunted Packers have to do is throw their jocks on the field and call it a Win. Injuries shouldn’t make any difference.

  15. buckybadger says: Oct 17, 2013 1:01 PM

    If there is a silver lining is that the Packers have two games that by NFL standards are easier games. After that Brad Jones, James Jones (who might be back this week), Hawyard, Matthews and Perry should all be back. The Bears would be next but they have had some injury problems as well. Their defense has taken a beating.

  16. woodyg says: Oct 17, 2013 1:18 PM

    Only McCarthy would use a WW 2 analogy in comparison with his team. Hey Mac, it’s a game, not a calamity such as a world war. Get over yourself and your team.

  17. longhairdontcare66 says: Oct 17, 2013 2:15 PM

    woodyg says:
    Oct 17, 2013 1:18 PM
    Only McCarthy would use a WW 2 analogy in comparison with his team. Hey Mac, it’s a game, not a calamity such as a world war. Get over yourself and your team.
    ______________________

    Actually I’ve noticed many players call the captain their “general” and said they have to go into “battle” on game day. So as far as comparing war to football far from the first time.

  18. stellarperformance says: Oct 17, 2013 2:16 PM

    woodyg says:
    Oct 17, 2013 1:18 PM
    Only McCarthy would use a WW 2 analogy in comparison with his team. Hey Mac, it’s a game, not a calamity such as a world war. Get over yourself and your team.
    //////////////////////////////////

    It’s not an analogy. It’s a mantra, like “Be prepared,” or, “Don’t surrender.”

    Loosen up your tie……..colonel.

  19. GenXJay says: Oct 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    “toughen up”

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    In a way I miss all the Viking trolls. But with the leaves starting to turn, it’s time for them to once again crawl under their rock for a long winters nap. I suppose we’ll see them again around draft time.

  21. axespray says: Oct 17, 2013 3:58 PM

    Consistently coaching up one of the youngest rosters in the NFL – having to keep his team focused in spite of injuries/fail marys – I still can’t see why he hasn’t gotten at least 1 coach of the year award.

    Then again, I suppose the fluke winning season Todd Haley types will always win those awards.

  22. deltaoracle says: Oct 17, 2013 4:01 PM

    The British had the U.S. to bail them out. Packers hope to have MM and TT get the job done.

  23. fatsolio says: Oct 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    It’ll be amusing if the Packers struggle and the media won’t mention the injuries yet they do for the Patriots. Apparently injuries to the Patriots is headline news but as many or more injuries to other teams like GB is no biggie. Nice bias by those wonderful morons in the media.

    I really look forward to if Rodgers has a rough patch with 2 of his 3 receivers out and the talking heads will ask what’s wrong with him when all they do is make excuses for Brady’s mediocre season because of injuries and new players.

  24. earpaniac says: Oct 17, 2013 5:35 PM

    They need to take a look at new strength/conditioning coach & med staff or something. Every year they go through this. Now they can’t even apparently tell when a guy has a torn ACL.

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