Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers injury load lightens; McCarthy responds to Sitton's 'scumbags' comment

Mike McCarthy with Josh Sitton. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Mike McCarthy with Josh Sitton. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph


It’s been an interesting 24 hours for the Green Bay Packers.

First you’ve got the news that the Packers injury load lightened when the one and only Aaron Rodgers, was joined by Sam Shields, Don Barclay, and Johnny Jolly, and Mike Neal at practice yesterday. Heck, even Nick Perry was at least riding a bike during practice.

Now that’s all pretty good news, but it wasn’t to be topped by Josh Sitton‘s comments yesterday about the Detroit Lions and their coach.

You heard them, I heard them, the Lions heard them and head coach Mike McCarthy heard them … did he care and does it really matter?

Well, here’s how McCarthy reacted this morning when asked about it:

“I heard about them. Really, when matters like that happen with the media, the only thing I ask our players is to not create questions for everybody else in the locker room. Those comments did not create that.”

That’s because everyone, including McCarthy, knows that what Sitton said was spot-on. They ARE scumbags and their style of play only backs that up. McCarthy didn’t say it in those words, but his comment and reaction only solidifies Sitton’s comments.

Whether it’s bulletin board material or not doesn’t matter at this level of the game. They are all professionals and will go out and play like their next paycheck depends upon it. But watching the line play will be interesting … in fact watching the action after plays will be even more interesting. That’s when the dirty work gets done by the scumbags.

A Green Bay Packers fan holds up a sign supporting Aaron Rodgers.
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Even more importantly was the news from the practice field yesterday. In addition to the return of the likes of Shields, Jolly, and Barclay, Aaron Rodgers‘ limited participation was well received. His teammates said they seemed to have an extra giddy-up in their step with their leader back on the field with them. Though Rodgers hasn’t been cleared for a game yet, this is the first step in his return and everyone seemed to be breathing a sigh of relief because of it.

With the chance to leapfrog the Lions in the NFC North Division title race, the Packers need to go into tomorrow’s game with as many bodies as they can – especially on defense. The return of both Jolly and especially Shields would be a huge boost for the defense.

In addition, I can’t say how important having Barclay back on the offensive line would be, especially in going up against the scumbags. The Packers need Barclay’s run blocking and pass protection skills …

If it’s Marshall Newhouse at right tackle tomorrow, I will be watching with my eyes covered and peeking through my fingers.

Overall, it was a 24 hours of good news for the Packers. They need the boost. Let’s hope they can turn it into production on the field in Detroit tomorrow.

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