Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke following the team's sixth training camp practice Wednesday. Some highlights from McCarthy's comments in the post-practice press conference:
- Linebacker Desmond Bishop (calf) and fullback John Kuhn (knee) were removed from PUP/NFI list and practiced in shells Wednesday. Per new CBA rules, the first two practices for a player must be in shells. Given the Packers practice timeline, both could participate in full pads during the Family Night scrimmage Friday.
- Receiver Tori Gurley left practice with a groin injury. No timetable or official diagnosis was given by McCarthy. He needs all the practice time he can get to make this team.
- Defensive end Mike Daniels is day-to-day with a knee/groin issue. Ryan Pickett was out while nursing a bruised knee. Receiver Curenski Gilleylen (quad) also didn't practice.
- McCarthy didn't think offensive tackle Derek Sherrod (leg) would be back this week.
- McCarthy didn't seem concerned with the issue of locked out officials. He expects a deal to get done.
- McCarthy did not speak with commissioner Roger Goodell, who was on site in Green Bay Wednesday, about Erik Walden's one game suspension.
- Wednesday's emphasis was on blitz/pressure, plus third downs.
- For the umpteenth day in a row, McCarthy mentioned cornerback Davon House. The second-year cornerback ran with the No. 1 defense again Wednesday. McCarthy mentioned he was more physical/aggressive today.
- McCarthy is very pleased with the growth of both D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor. He said he believes the quickest way to the end zone is still through the middle of the field.
- McCarthy thinks James Starks is getting better in pass protection, despite appearing to get hounded by Aaron Rodgers after a missed assignment Wednesday. Said when he uses leverage, he wins.
Don't hold your breath on a Johnny Jolly return. Goodell said Wednesday that he wasn't even sure if the NFL had received Jolly's reinstatement request. Translated: Jolly isn't playing football in the NFL anytime soon.
Wednesday marked the last of the Packers' 8:15 a.m. practices. Thursday's full-padded practice starts at 7:00 p.m.
Greg Jennings returned from an elbow injury.
Starks appeared to have an off practice. He missed an aforementioned blitz pickup, and then heard about it from Aaron Rodgers. There was also a drop later in the 11-on-11 drills. Those kind of mental lapses can't keeping cropping up with Starks.
Mason Crosby has still yet to miss a field goal in live camp situations.
Clay Matthews beat Marshall Newhouse a couple of times during the team periods. I wouldn't be too alarmed. We haven't heard much of Newhouse this camp, and that's a good thing. He wasn't going to keep a talent like Matthews down all summer.
RB Du'ane Bennett (UDFA, Minnesota) received some second team reps with Alex Green being eased back and Marc Tyler still out with a shoulder bruise. Jarius Wynn, who picked off Rodgers yesterday, stuffed Bennett in the backfield on one play. Overall, the run defense was very good Wednesday.
John Madden was in attendance with Goodell. No word on if he thought Brett Favre was still in Packers camp. Former Packers GM Ron Wolf was also on the sidelines for most of practice.
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