Mike McCarthy didn't want to get on Ted Thompson's bad side today but had to admit, he might not be able to dress the maximum 46 players on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Each week 7 players are declared inactive but the avalanche of injuries could have the Pack adding an unwanted couple more to that list. Four players are already ruled out, Randall Cobb with his broken fibula, Nick Perry with his broken foot, Clay Matthews with a broken thumb and James Starks with a knee sprain. On Thursday, Brad Jones didn't practice again with his hamstring injury, nor did James Jones with his sore knee and Mike Neal with a shoulder bruise. Casey Hayward was limited and a decision on whether last year's leading interceptor makes his season debut will likely be taken down to Sunday morning. Jarrett Bush was a full participant after missing a couple of weeks with a hamstring pull. McCarthy said the lack of bodies will be most stressful on the special teams. The key players on the cover and return teams are being pressed into starting duty on offense and defense, Jamari Lattimore, Andy Mulumba, Jarrett Boykin among them. As the players fell in Baltimore, you saw Jacoby Jones rip off a couple of big kickoff returns. It could be problematic again versus Cleveland.
Relying on youngsters like Myles White in the passing game or Mulumba and Nate Palmer at outside linebacker won't have the Packers soften the game plan. In conversations with veterans on both sides of the ball, the plan will be as usual, the kids are simply expected to perform just as the regular starters would.
An in depth look at the matchups with the Browns is coming on Friday.