McCarthy addresses Packers injuries, Rodgers playing time against Raiders
Cornerback Casey Hayward. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mike McCarthy addressed a few injury situations with the Packers after Tuesday's practice, and also discussed what he's looking for on Friday against the Raiders and the rest of the preseason.
Defensive tackle Letroy Guion is still missing from practice, and McCarthy said while he's getting better he's still rehabbing.
"He's improving, I don't know if he's close yet," McCarthy said. "It's an injury situation, so he's going through the rehab process."
Running back Rajion Neal impressed during the team's first preseason game against the Titans, but has been missing from practice. Neal will not be returning before the end of the preseason, it appears, though.
"Like I said Raijon looks further away," McCarthy said. "I think the initial was his excitement and wanting to play and so forth, but it's going to be a couple weeks."
Cornerback Casey Hayward was held out of practice on Tuesday solely as a precaution.
"Just being smart with Casey because of his history," McCarthy explained.
With the team's first regular season game coming in one of the league's more hostile environments, the Packers are starting to work on their communication with more music during practice.
"It helps everybody. It helps your defense at home," McCarthy said. "Any time you stress the environment for communication it's good for your whole football team."
McCarthy also noted that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play the most he has this preseason on Friday against the Raiders.
With so many young wide receivers on the roster at the moment, McCarthy praised the standards set at the position by Rodgers and the coaching staff.
"Expecations are set," McCarthy said. "Standards are set, and there's definitely a standard that's been set in the wide receiver room."
Another note is the possible increase of players allowed on team's practice squads. Currently it it eight, but the number could increase to 10.
McCarthy sees that as a positive for the team and the players.
"I think it's awesome. They can give us as many they want to. If it goes to 10, great," McCarthy said. "It gives them an opportunity for an NFL job. We've never looked at it as having 53 players."