FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie cornerback Devin McCourty, who was knocked out of last Sunday's win in Chicago with a rib injury, was officially listed as questionable but said he hopes to play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.
"I'm feeling better. I think I showed yesterday that I was able to go out there and practice, and I'm practicing today," McCourty said in the locker room Friday morning. "I always want to play, each Sunday. We don't get many opportunities to go out and play, so any time we do, I want to be out there."
Asked if he might try to sway coach Bill Belichick's mindset, McCourty smiled and said, "I'm not trying to get on his bad side. Whatever the docs and [athletic] trainers decide, and what Coach says, that's what I'll go with."
Also listed as questionable in the Patriots' injury report Friday afternoon were DL Ron Brace (concussion), TE Aaron Hernandez (flu), NT Myron Pryor (back), DL Gerard Warren (knee) and DL Mike Wright (concussion).
McCourty explained that his injury came on the second-quarter play in which he stripped the ball from Bears receiver Johnny Knox, forcing a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Gary Guyton and returned 35 yards for a touchdown. McCourty played three snaps on the next series before coming out of the game for good.
"Just a little nagging," he described. "I'm just happy that I can go out there and practice. I think that's always a good sign."
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.