The forecast for Wednesday night through Thursday night called for about a foot of snow to fall on Green Bay.
Similar to the Postal Service motto, neither rain nor snow will stop the Green Bay Packers’ preparations for Sunday’s home game against Tennessee.
“Make sure you have a lot of diesel gas for your snow thrower,” coach Mike McCarthy joked on Wednesday. “I talked about it a lot in the team meeting. It’s funny for some guys who are getting ready to go through it for the first time, so ‘Don’t worry I have a truck,’ and I say, ‘You’re going to need more than a truck.’ It’s part of the planning. I talked about time management this week the holidays and the storm coming, so we’ll adjust accordingly.”
For most players, the work day begins around 7:30 a.m., defensive end Ryan Pickett said.
“Coach told us to get up early,” said Pickett, a native of Florida who signed with the team in 2006 so has seen Mother Nature’s winter fury. “There’ll be no excuses for being late. That’s part of living in Green Bay.”
Rookie Jerel Worthy is no stranger to snow, either. He grew up in Ohio and played his college ball at Michigan State.
“I think the most I had when I was at Michigan State was about 13, so it’s really not that bad. I’m used to the snow,” Worthy said. “It should be fun. Getting to work is going to be a little bit harder. We’ve got to hunker down and get ready. I’ll probably hit the grocery store later on tonight and pick up some things.”
Rookie Casey Hayward said he’s never driven in snow, even though it occasionally snows in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn.
Randall Cobb, a native of Georgia, has been dodging and dashing around defenders all season. He’s not looking forward to dashing through the snow on Thursday morning.
“Actually, I’m not,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t like cold weather. I don’t like snow, but we’ll find a way to make it here on time.”
Packers injury report
Did not participate: TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring/illness); RB Alex Green (concussion); G T.J. Lang (concussion); WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring); C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder); RB James Starks (knee); LB Erik Walden (ankle); DE C.J. Wilson (knee); DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring). Limited: WR Randall Cobb (shoulder); DB Charles Woodson (collarbone). Full: QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle).
Woodson hasn’t been cleared to return to contact after breaking his collarbone on Oct. 21.
There was a bit of good news, despite the length of the report and the nine players on the sideline. McCarthy was optimistic that Lang and Green would be fine after concussion symptoms popped up on Monday. And Nelson is getting closer to getting back on the field.
“His work yesterday was pretty extensive,” McCarthy said. “We’ll see how he recovers in the next couple of days.”
Titans injury report
Did not participate: C Kevin Matthews (ankle); CB Ryan Mouton (hamstring); DE Scott Solomon (knee); WR Kendall Wright (rib). Limited: WR Kenny Britt (knee); LB Colin McCarthy (concussion); WR Damian Williams (hamstring). Full: LB Will Witherspoon (hamstring).
Two starters, Matthews and Wright, are not expected to play. That’s the story of the season for the beat-up Titans.
— McCarthy wants the No. 2 seed. “It’s important to have a healthy football team, if you have an opportunity to achieve a bye week,” he said. “That’s what we’re working for. I’m going to make that clear right now. We obviously need help for that. We have our foot on the gas. We’re focused on winning games and improving as a football team. But we want the bye week. Make no bones about it.”
— The Packers haven’t played the Titans since 2008, so that means extra homework. “I think you have to do a little bit more because obviously names aren’t going to jump off the paper,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “You play these guys once every four years. We haven’t played them in preseason in a couple years, so it’s a different team. I want to be prepared, put the time in, and I know the guys are as well.”
— What makes the Packers so good? “Their quarterback, as we all know, Rodgers, has been special since the day he's taken over at quarterback position,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I think that's where it starts. His leadership, the fact that they know what he's capable of doing in any game, no matter what the score is, no matter how things are going — good or bad — he can bring them back and win football games.”
— The Packers lost Vic So’oto off the practice squad, with Washington signing him to its 53-man roster. To fill the spot, the Packers brought back cornerback Otis Merrill, who was on the team in training camp.
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