McCarthy happy with Packers' annual Family Night at Lambeau Field
Before Packers Family Night. Image by Greg Matzek
Head coach Mike McCarthy was very pleased with how the Packers' annual Family Night practice went on Saturday night.
"I liked tonight," McCarthy said. "I thought the environment was incredible. The fans were phenomenal... The energy was tremendous. The quality was work I'm sure I'll be pleased with when I watch the tape... I felt like we improved as a football team tonight."
"I was a little curious to see what the flow was going to be like," McCarthy added, continuing, "But the energy from where I was standing was awesome. It was unbelievable."
The Packers did see two players leave the practice early with apparent injuries, though. Tight end Colt Lyerla and defensive lineman B.J. Raji left practice early, with Lyerla's coming on a bit of a flashy play.
After making a reception, Lyerla hurdled a defender impressively as he headed down field.
McCarthy said he didn't know if that was the right time or place to pull out a move like that.
"There's a time for the opportunity to hurdle a defender," McCarthy said. "I thought that probably wasn't the right time."
Lyerla didn't elaborate after practice on the injury, while Raji hopes to return to practice on Monday.
One Packers player that won't be able to return this season is wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. The former Badgers receiver suffered a torn ACL during practice earlier in the week.
McCarthy said Abbrederis would be able to bounce back, but noted this was a great opportunity for the other receivers in the team's camp.
"It's more opportunities (for the other receivers)," McCarthy said. "It's the nature of how the game of football goes. When your opportunity is presented, whether it's more reps in practice, you have to take advantage of it."