GREEN BAY—Two days away from the preseason opener, the Packers’ injury list changed once again, and a dose of feistiness was evident at practice on Wednesday.
Among the injury developments, running back Eddie Lacy rested a bothersome hamstring, defensive lineman
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he had been given no information to generate long-term concern with Lacy, but the injury certainly puts his status for Friday’s preseason opener against Arizona in question.
After an impressive scrimmage last Saturday, Lacy was beginning to emerge as the offense’s No. 1 back, but the competition – which McCarthy has called the best “top to bottom” that he’s seen at that position, even with
“The running backs have done a good job,” quarterback
“There are going to be tough decisions, and I’m glad I don’t have to make them. I’m excited about the running game and what I saw on Family Night.”
Neal was excited just to get back on the field, having not practiced at all in camp due to an abdominal strain. He was limited to individual and one-on-one drills, with much of that work coming with the outside linebackers, a position he began dabbling in during the spring.
Neal said he’ll work his way back slowly and doesn’t expect to play on Friday, but he’s leaving where he plays up to the coaches. McCarthy shot down the notion that Neal is making a full-fledged position switch.
“Mike is a defensive lineman,” McCarthy said. “He will have a role that will have some different responsibilities than he’s had in the past, but he’s on my defensive line depth chart.”
Depth at wide receiver is a necessity, as Cobb did little more than run sprints and stay loose, though he was dressed in full pads.
Punches thrown after the whistle during the half-line run-game drill heated up a cool summer day. One scuffle broke out between guard
Tempers flared to the point that tight end
“It’s time to go play against somebody else,” said McCarthy, adding that trying to punch someone wearing a helmet is “not very smart.”
“They’re tired of getting after each other. Some plays linger to the next. This has been going on for two weeks. We’re just ready to play a game.”Additional coverage - Aug. 7