The Packers have lost starting inside linebacker
“We’ll let you see that on Sunday,” McCarthy said of how the defense will line up without Smith. “We have some ideas.”
Jones and Lattimore are still relatively new to the inside linebacker position, both having played outside linebacker in Dom Capers’ defense until moving inside this past spring during offseason workouts. Jones was working both inside and outside during training camp.
McCarthy hinted that the coaching staff may look at the different players taking roles in various packages, but he didn’t get into specifics. Then again, the coaches could ultimately decide to go with one guy and adjust everything else accordingly.
“I think the roles for everybody need to be identified and detailed, because obviously Robert and Brad and Jamari, they all have a lot of special teams responsibility,” McCarthy said. “We have to make sure special teams and defense are on the same page in how we utilize our players.”
The Packers may have caught a break at outside linebacker, where
“It’s better than we thought it would be,” McCarthy said of the injury, which occurred when Texans tight end Owen Daniels was blocking Perry on a running play. “I had a chance to see the play on the Jumbotron, and it was very awkward the way he fell. That’s usually not a good sign. I think we were very fortunate there.”
In all, the Packers sustained three knee injuries, including another season-ender to running back
What he did know is that if Shields is sidelined at all, rookie
“I just think he’s a heck of a football player, and for a rookie to come in here and play as many positions and to pick it up the way he has, he just needs to play,” McCarthy said. “I’m very happy with the progress he’s making.”
McCarthy also liked the progress he saw from running back
“I see the games as we move forward reflecting the game we just played,” said McCarthy, who gave Green 22 carries before getting
“I have no reason to think (Green) can’t carry a full load. He hasn’t had any flare-ups or really any setbacks. That’s a good sign.”
Aside from all the injury news, McCarthy credited his players for the pride and confidence they showed in their victory in Houston amidst a lot of questions about where the team was headed last week, and he senses his team should be even more confident now.
He took exception to things the team is “working on” being viewed as things being “wrong,” a distinction that matters to a coach always pushing for weekly improvement over the course of the long season.
“We’re 3-3, and I know exactly why we’re 3-3, but I know how to continue to improve,” McCarthy said. “Maybe that gets old, but that’s the way we operate.”
PUP update: With six weeks in the books, three Packers are eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list this week, but it doesn’t sound like all three will.
McCarthy said the final decisions will be made on Wednesday, but he feels outside linebacker
This week begins a three-week window in which players on PUP can begin to practice. Once they practice, that starts another three-week window in which they must be put on the active roster, placed on injured reserve or released.Additional coverage - Oct. 15