GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy went against his usual Thursday schedule and had his players without pads for practice, and the Green Bay Packers coach said afterward that in the midst of a three-games-in-10-days gauntlet, it was worth losing one of his allotted padded practices permitted during the season’s first 11 weeks.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop, who missed practice Wednesday following his grandmother’s death, and left guard T.J. Lang, who missed Wednesday’s practice to be with his ill father, both were back at practice and were removed from the injury report for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Neither Lang nor Bishop was in the locker room during the media availability period.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, removed tight end Kellen Winslow (not injury related) from the report, too.
Here’s a look at the full injury report:
McCarthy said he had Thursday’s practice as TBA between pads and shells because he “just wanted to see where we were” after playing on a Monday night for the first time this season. Feeling good about the “energy level” at practice on Wednesday, McCarthy chose to keep the pads off Thursday and called the workout “as good of a Thursday practice as we’ve ever had. The speed and the tempo was outstanding. We were off the field 12 minutes early. We definitely benefited. I was very pleased with the practice.”
McCarthy said the team won’t practice in pads next week before Thursday’s Thanksgiving game at Detroit, and because the new collective bargaining agreement requires 11 of the team’s allotted 14 in-pads practices to be conducted during the season’s first 11 weeks. As this is Week 11, McCarthy said he couldn’t bank the padded practice he didn’t use on Thursday.
“It doesn’t work that way. By not going pads, I lost it,” he said. “I won’t get that back.”
The Packers practiced outside despite cold (33 degrees) and windy conditions, in part because Sunday’s forecast calls for slightly warmer temperatures but similar wind conditions.
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