There’s plenty of debate to whether Packers coach Mike McCarthy should play starters like quarterback Aaron Rodgers against the Lions Sunday with nothing to gain in playoff position and risk a devastating injury heading into the playoffs.
The Packers might not be playing for anything in regards to the playoffs, having secured home-field advantage, but according to McCarthy, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things to play for.
“We are preparing everybody to play,” he said in a conference call Wednesday. “That was the message in the team meeting today and the second message is this is the first opportunity in the history of the Green Bay Packers to sweep the division.
“We have an excellent opponent in the Detroit Lions coming here to Lambeau and we are going to do everything we can to win the game.”
That sounds a lot like coach-speak to me, especially after reading the Packers injury report on Wednesday.
The team has already listed receiver Greg Jennings as out for the game and tackle Bryan Buluga (knee), receiver Randall Cobb (groin), tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and running back James Starks (knee/ankle) did not practice.
Tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring), linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle), defensive end Ryan Pickett (concussion) and corner Charles Woodson (knee) were all limited.
McCarthy really plans on playing injured players so they can brag about sweeping the division? Do they give trophies for that?
“We’re preparing for this game as if it were any other game,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said in a conference call.
“Obviously with the home field advantage wrapped up, there’s a lot of speculation over if we’re going to sit players, but I can assure you this team is very competitive. As with any other team, we enjoy winning and want to put on a good show, so we’ll all be ready and we’re going about business as usual.”
For his part, Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn’t too concerned about who is or isn’t playing for the Packers.
“I mean, it really doesn’t matter to us,” Schwartz said. “We have stuff that we have to accomplish and we’re going to do our very best to get it done on Sunday. What anybody else does, anybody (else’s) objectives, and you know, anything else – what somebody’s eating for their tailgate lunch or anything else – none of that stuff matters. We’re going to go do our best to prepare and do our best to play.”
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