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Monday, January 17, 2011
Lovie on Packers: All teams have injuries

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- If you think Lovie Smith feels bad for the Mike McCarthy, think again.

"A lot of has been said about the amount of injuries they [Green Bay] have had," Smith said. "All teams have injuries."

Except maybe the Bears.

With only Hunter Hillenmeyer and Harvey Unga lost for the year, Smith's string of good luck on the injury front is uncanny. Every Bears player on the active roster was able to practice the Friday before playing Seattle in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs, and only one somewhat significant injury -- Chris Harris' hip pointer -- occurred in the win over the Seahawks. Harris, however, is expected to play Sunday vs. Green Bay at Soldier Field in the NFC championship game.

On the other hand, McCarthy and the Packers have placed 15 players on injured reserve, including Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant, Mark Tauscher, Nick Barnett and Morgan Burnett.

"Their core, [Clay] Matthews is there, you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers, and of course you add a player like James Starks running the ball, they've had a pretty good nucleus to be able to play," Smith said. "I saw them being one of the teams at the end you would have to deal with."