On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans

News

Print
RSS

Mike McCarthy: 'Our guys are ready'

Posted Dec 28, 2012

Preparation nearly complete for high-stakes showdown with Vikings


GREEN BAY—Due to the limitations on padded practices, the Packers only had one left over the last few weeks of the regular season, and Mike McCarthy decided to save it for this week.

That could turn out to be a wise decision.

The Packers donned their pads on Thursday for a workout McCarthy referred to on Friday as the most “spirited” practice the team has had “in at least a month.”

“I actually took the pads off them for the last team period,” McCarthy said. “I was a little concerned it was a little too active.

“Our guys are ready. We’re focused on beating the Vikings and sweeping the division.”

If they can do that, they’ll also earn a first-round bye and most likely keep the Vikings out of the postseason.

All of those implications, combined with perhaps the healthiest roster the Packers have fielded since the first month of the season, played into the energy exuded this week.

“It had been a while since we’d practiced in pads, and we’ve had so many injuries, but I kind of feel like we were pretty healthy this week,” said tight end Tom Crabtree, one of several players returning from injury for this game. “I think (McCarthy) thought it was time to get back into our normal groove. It was a fun practice. There were definitely some pads popping.

“This is a huge game for both teams. We understand that. We’re pumped up.”

The most significant health question for the Packers deals with receiver/returner Randall Cobb, who tested his ankle and knee injuries on Friday with a combination of returns, practice reps and rehab work.

Cobb is officially listed as questionable on the injury report, and McCarthy wouldn’t say whether Cobb would for sure return punts and kicks if he does play.

“We’ll see how he is in the morning. He looked pretty good,” McCarthy said. “We’ll let Sunday answer that (return) question.”

If Cobb isn’t the returner Sunday, first-year receiver Jeremy Ross said the duties are his. Ross filled in for Cobb after he got hurt last Sunday and returned a punt 58 yards against Tennessee, which helped make up for his fumble on a throwback from Cobb on a trick return a week earlier in Chicago. Ross was a regular returner in college at Cal.

“I think it would be a great opportunity,” he said. “I would be excited.”

The Packers are equally excited to get back receiver Jordy Nelson, running back Alex Green and defensive linemen C.J. Wilson and Jerel Worthy.

Nelson has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, while Wilson has sat out the last four with a knee injury. Green (concussion) and Worthy (hamstring) both were sidelined last week.

“I feel good about Jordy Nelson,” McCarthy said of his big-play receiver, whose return becomes all the more critical if Cobb is unable to play. “He’s gone through a full week of work. I have no reason not to believe he’ll be ready to go Sunday.”

McCarthy feels the same about his team as a whole.

“We talked about getting into a single-elimination mindset, the urgency that goes with these types of games,” McCarthy said. “I really like the way our team has practiced this week.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 28

 
blog comments powered by Disqus

You May Also Be Interested in...

Recent Videos

  • Packers move into dorms at St. Norbert College

    (1:44) Posted 16 hours ago

    Packers began to move into Victor McCormick Hall at St. Norbert College on Thursday, July 24, in preparation for 2014 Training Camp. Hear from WR Jared Abbrederis and TE Ryan Taylor.

  • Mark Murphy speaks on Favre's Return to Lambeau

    (2:10) Posted 16 hours ago

    Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed members of the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium on Thursday, July 24, following the 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting.

  • Mark Murphy excited for chance to play in London

    (1:38) Posted 16 hours ago

    Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed members of the media in the Lambeau Field media auditorium on Thursday, July 24, following the 2014 Annual Shareholders Meeting.