GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy hasn’t reached his breaking point with injuries, but he’s certainly had it up to here with talking about them and trying to predict when his walking wounded will return.
“I’m timelined out,” the Green Bay Packers coach said in response to a question about the respective recoveries of outside linebacker Clay Matthews and wide receiver Jordy Nelson from hamstring injuries.
McCarthy certainly has experience with injury epidemics, having overcome one in 2010 to win Super Bowl XLV. But with two more players joining the injured – running back James Starks (knee) and defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder) – and an 11-player injury report, McCarthy said the Packers don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves. They didn’t wallow in 2010, and they aren’t now.
“It’s something we talk about a lot as a team. You only have so much time. We’re very conscientious of time-management. We feel it’s important for the way we go about our business,” McCarthy said. “Self-pity is a waste of time, it’s a wasted emotion.
"Frankly, I think it’s a part of the National Football League. I don’t think we’ve created any secret formula on how we go about it. We just stay focused on what’s in front of us. You have to.”
The Packers could get safety Charles Woodson (broken collarbone, Oct. 21) and cornerback Sam Shields (ankle, Oct. 14) back this week, but Matthews (hamstring, Nov. 4), Nelson (hamstring, last Sunday), right tackle/left guard T.J. Lang (ankle, last Sunday) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee, Nov. 25) appear to be somewhere between unlikely to play and out.
Running back Cedric Benson, inside linebackers Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith, right tackle Bryan Bulaga, outside linebacker Nick Perry, tight end Andrew Quarless, safety Sean Richardson, running backs Brandon Saine and Johnny White and defensive lineman Johnny Jones are all on injured reserve. Tackle Derek Sherrod is on the physically unable to perform list for the rest of the season.
”It’s a tough league. Injuries are a part of our league and you have to get a little luck involved and take care of your body,” Rodgers said. “I know James takes really good care of his body and unfortunately he took a shot that set him back a little bit. It’s a next-man-up mentality for us. We have to have the next guy step up.
“There’s been a lot of that this year with the amount of injuries we’ve had, especially on offense, with the offensive line, with Cedric, with the receivers, so we expect the next guy to step in and ... fill that void.”
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