McCarthy updates on James Jones, injured linebackers and lots of others on injury list
Defensive end Mike Neal.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Packers have another mixed bag of good and bad news when it comes to who could and couldn't practice due to injuries.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky said that James Jones, who was a question mark for playing after hurting his knee in the Baltimore game, wasn't on the field at all Wednesday.
No sign of WR James Jones at #Packers practice.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 16, 2013
Mike McCarthy confirmed that Wednesday, but said it would be later this week if they know whether he'll play against Cleveland.
McCarthy on James Jones: Hopefully Friday the day we find out about James. He's very positive with where he is. Gearing up for testing.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 16, 2013
He did say that linebacker Mike Neal's bruised shoulder, leading him to miss practice Wednesday, would also affect his schedule for the rest of the week.
"I don't think he'll be available tomorrow. We'll see what he can do Friday," admitted McCarthy.
"As far as the roster moves that we've had to go through the last two days, a lot of adjustment, planning for different scenarios. Personnel groups on both sides of the ball are stressed, but we feel like we have a good plan."
He also said a tight end would miss the next couple weeks after knee surgery.
TE Ryan Taylor had surgery on his knee. McCarthy says it should be a couple of weeks before return— Dan Koob (@DanKoob) October 16, 2013
However, things looked good for two Packers who hadn't practiced in a while - one of them for nearly two years.
CB Casey Hayward could make his season debut this week. Looked full go in practice.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 16, 2013
T Derek Sherrod practiced for the first time in 22 months, since he broke his leg. His 3-week PUP window opened. Was the only PUP guy to go.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 16, 2013
McCarthy confirmed the good news about Hayward, along with also-injured linebacker Brad Jones.
At least there is some good news on Casey Hayward. Mac says Hayward should be ready to go Sunday.— Doug Russell (@RussellOnSports) October 16, 2013
MM: Brad Jones is getting better. They feel he made a step. I would say Hayward is ready to go. Had a chance to watch him during 7-on-7— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) October 16, 2013
As for linebacker Nick Perry, from the Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.
McCarthy on Perry: Same thing. Couple weeks. he's real upbeat about it. We'll see where he is next week.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 16, 2013