McCarthy: Packers face growing injury concerns entering Jaguars game
GREEN BAY - The coach of the Green Bay Packers is attempting to get his team ready for Sunday's contest with the Jacksonville Jaguars without a full deck of cards, to use the analogy.
He has yet to discover if one of his offensive aces, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, will play against the Jaguars.
Nelson, with a hamstring problem, falls on a long list of important aces and other big-play cards that Mike McCarthy may not be able to play on Sunday.
"There's definitely concern. Jordy will not practice again today," said McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" on Friday.
"We are looking to probably test him either before the game Sunday or tomorrow."
However, every injury for a Packers starter means a chance for someone else on the depth chart to show if they can be an ace-in-the-hole.
"It's an opportunity for these young guys. It's interesting to see how young players respond. Every Thursday, Aaron Rodgers and I have a meeting, sit down and review the whole game plan after everything is done. Jarrett came walking through and wanted to visit with Aaron, to make sure he was on the same page with him. It's always interesting to see young players put in the extra time and do the little things when the opportunity comes about."
The Packers will face a 1-5 Jaguars team that, according to McCarthy, brings a fundamental defensive approach which usually leads to better records than what Jacksonville owns.
"We're looking at their front seven...very disciplined," explained McCarthy.
"We're going to have to be real fundamentally sound, pad level, footwork in the run blocking unit, pass protection unit."
McCarthy also is preparing a defense for two different possible starting quarterbacks for Jacksonville - Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.
"Their offense, you're watching to see what quarterback is going to play. It looks like the young guy (Gabbert) is going to go."
McCarthy also noted, however, a more sure fact about Sunday's game. It won't be Sun Belt-like weather on the very-close-to-being-frozen-tundra of Lambeau Field.
Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele predicts 42 degrees for the Packers-Jaguars game.
"(42) degrees for a team from Florida? I like it!"