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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Packers practice report: McCarthy unhappy

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Before anyone could even ask, Aaron Rodgers looked at the group of reporters standing in front of his locker on Wednesday and said, “I’m fine” after missing the previous day’s practice because of a head cold.

Rodgers’ return was one of the few things Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was happy about. After the only padded practice of the week, McCarthy ripped his team’s performance.

“When the pads are on, we practice a certain way,” McCarthy said. “When the shells are on, we practice a certain way, and we didn’t accomplish that today.”

McCarthy put the team on a regular-season schedule this week, so with a Friday preseason game against Seattle, Wednesday simulated an in-season practice that would take place two days before the game.

“Today was the final practice to get ready for the Seahawks,” McCarthy said. “We were in shells yesterday for a reason. We were in pads today for a reason. We didn’t take full advantage of the opportunity to get ready to play.”

Without another practice before Friday’s game against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field, McCarthy was asked how he will get his message across to the players. He offered a one-word answer: “Communicate.”

McCarthy’s anger apparently was directed at the offense, because after practice, defensive coordinator Dom Capers didn’t seem anywhere near as upset about the workout.

“You now, we had a couple of errors, but I thought the guys were tuned in and feeling pretty good,” Capers said.

In other developments from Wednesday’s practice:
Medical report: Rookie first-round draft pick Datone Jones dropped out of Wednesday’s practice after he re-injured his sprained left ankle, suffered in the Aug. 9 preseason opener against Arizona. Jones had returned to practice on Monday.

Jones walked off under his own power and did not appear to be walking with more than a slight limp, but his status for Friday’s game is unknown. The defensive end has played only one snap so far in preseason game action.

“We’ve had Datone for one play in the preseason,” Capers said. “That’s just the way it is. Once he’s back and ready to go, we’re going to have to really put him on a crash course. We know what kind of ability he has, but if a young guy’s not out there practicing, it’s hard for him to make improvement.”

The only other new injury was to rookie outside linebacker Andy Mulumba, who was making a strong push for a roster spot. McCarthy said Mulumba had a knee that swelled up.

Cornerback Loyce Means returned to practice after missing one day because of an ankle injury.

The full list of players who did not suit up for practice was down to 10. They were CB James Nixon (knee, ankle), S Sean Richardson (neck), CB Tramon Williams (knee), OL J.C. Tretter (ankle), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), T Derek Sherrod (leg), TE Matthew Mulligan (elbow), WR Nelson (knee), DE Jerel Worthy (knee) and Mulumba (knee).