McCarthy: Rest Our Guys? Ask Next Week
Next game: Sunday, December 16 at Saint Louis
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Faced with a common coaching dilemma that every team seems to handle differently, Packers coach Mike McCarthy punted.
If the Green Bay Packers wrap up their playoff position a few weeks early, will they start resting veteran players down the stretch?
"It's a great question for next week," McCarthy said.
The Packers already have clinched the NFC North division title, and would clinch a first-round bye with a victory at St. Louis and loss by Seattle to Carolina on Sunday.
Hoping to keep the focus on the Rams, McCarthy tried to steer clear of the subject of talking about resting players for the playoffs, even in general terms.
"There are different mindsets for it," McCarthy said. "Some people treat it like preseason, only playing them so many quarters. We'll find a common ground when we're in that position. I don't even want to talk about it right now. We should be talking about the St. Louis Rams because getting to 12-2 is the most important thing."
With that, McCarthy said resting veterans was a possibility.
"We talk schedules all the time, substitutions all the time, (playing) time," McCarthy said. "Those are things that are adjusted on a weekly basis. I'd like to rest some of our veteran players down the stretch if that's possible, to answer your question."
Count Brett Favre as one player who'd just as soon stay on the field.
"I'd much rather play than practice," Favre said. "And I know you have to be smart with your guys and all that stuff, but it's like preseason, I'd much rather play."
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