MIke McCarthy knew he was coming into a short week with a tough opponent after beating the Rams in St. Louis last Saturday night. A six day week with the NFC Playoff Seattle Seahawks coming next. That's why the coach gave the guys a bit of a break by practicing in just shells on Monday, and again on Tuesday, the normal day for pads. When the pads did go on today, the Head Coach made no secret of his disappointment afterwards. He said, "When the pads are on we practice a certain way, when the shells are on we practice a certain way and we didn't get that accomplished today." McCarthy didn't think the guys took a proper step in getting ready to play a game. And just when you thought Mason Crosby had things figured out, he missed three straight field goal attempts, all from inside 40 yards. Special Teams coach Shaun Slocum barked, "Make the kick", and Crosby knocked through the next one. McCarthy agreed saying Crosby didn't have a good day and he wasn't alone. I have a feeling McCarthy's anger will be transferred to the effort level Friday night.
Aaron Rodgers returned after staying home with a head cold but number one pick Datone Jones couldn't finish. He rolled an ankle that he injured last week, forcing him to miss the Rams game. He hobbled into the Hutson Center and his status for the Seattle game is uncertain. Andy Mulumba had a knee flare up on him during team meetings last night according to McCarthy and the Eastern Michigan free agent linebacker didn't work today. Randall Cobb returned but only on a limited basis, still testing his sore biceps. He hopes to get some snaps this week. There was one player who was all smiles, seventh round draft choice Charles Johnson. On the second day of the organized team activities this past spring, Johnson injured his knee. He finally got cleared to practice and was on the field taking limited reps. I caught up with Charles after practice:
Check back Thursday, I'll have a preview of the game and five things to look for when the Packers meet the Seahawks at Lambeau.