GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy said on Friday that the Packers’ five veterans on the injury report are going to try to practice on Saturday, the team’s last workout in preparation for Sunday’s home opener vs. Detroit.
Defensive linemen Letroy Guion and Datone Jones both have knee injuries, and their braces have arrived, McCarthy said, which will allow them to try to practice. Safety Morgan Burnett (groin), linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle, hamstring) and guard T.J. Lang (hip) also will “give it a shot” on the practice field on Saturday.
Cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol, while rookie defensive lineman Brian Price was signed to the active roster from the practice squad and could make his NFL debut on Sunday.
“Brian’s done a good job since he’s been here,” McCarthy said. “I thought he had a good preseason. He’s ready to go.”
The home opener is also the Packers’ first home division game of 2016 after losing all three home games to NFC North opponents last year.
“The games last year were really a reflection of how the NFL is, particularly division games. Every one of those losses came down to the last play of the game and we didn’t get it done,” McCarthy said. “That’s the beauty of our division. It’s always competitive.
“Every week is a new week, and this is no different. It’s Week 3. We need to play better than we did the first two weeks. There’s been some sloppiness in our play. I really liked yesterday’s practice, the padded work, I’m starting to see some things come together and we hope to carry that over to Sunday’s game.”