Practice will help Packers get handle on team's health

Several injured players expected to practice on at least a limited basis after extended break


GREEN BAY -- Head Coach Mike McCarthy is hoping to get a number of the injured Packers back on the practice field on Wednesday to give him a good idea of where the team's health stands heading into Sunday's game in Dallas.

The Packers have been without a number of starters in recent weeks, including DT Mike Daniels, CB Davon House, LT David Bakhtiari, and RT Bryan Bulaga. Last week's short week heading into a Thursday game didn't allow for the types of practices the Packers will conduct this week, so the return to the practice field will be monitored closely.

"Hopefully we'll have good news when we come out of practice," McCarthy said. "The goal is to get everybody out there in a limited fashion and go from there. We haven't been on the field since Thursday. Everybody is progressing forward, but this is our first chance to get those guys on the field."

The list of potential limited practice participants also includes WR Davante Adams, who remains in the concussion protocol but could practice at least some on Wednesday. Adams left last Thursday's game against the Bears and was taken to a local hospital after absorbing a vicious helmet hit from Bears LB Danny Trevathan.

"The most important thing is Davante is healthy," McCarthy said. "Speaking to him today, he feels great and just wants to get back to playing football."

As for the Trevathan suspension, which was reduced from two games to one, McCarthy said, "I'm comfortable with the process and understand the decision."

With his team at the quarter pole of the 2017 season, McCarthy is pleased with how it has weathered an early injury storm, but he also sees plenty of room for growth heading into the second quarter of the schedule.

"The good news is there's a lot of room for improvement, and we understand that," he said. "That's not just cliche talk. This is the way we operate.

"Whatever it takes to beat Dallas is my focus." will have more following practice and locker room interviews.

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