The Packers held their last practice of the preseason this afternoon. It was the last workout prior to Thursday's final preseason game, and the last time fans will be able to watch the team perform outside of games.
Despite an unusually high number of injuries, Head Coach Mike McCarthy believes his guys are where they need to be. "Our team is more ready from the reps, the situations, the amount of time we spent, in all the different areas that we're trying to hit, the opportunity to work an in-season schedule really two and a half weeks as opposed to just two weeks so there's a lot of positive things that come out of making the adjustments due to the injuries too. I think like anything when there's adversity it is an opportunity for something positive to come out of that so the players that did go through camp and practiced through the majority of camp, I definitely feel are ready for the season."
Aaron Rodgers also commented on how hard the Packers have been hit by the injury bug, "I think for the most part we did as good of a job as we could with the injuries that we had, that was probably more any camp I've been a part of. The number of guys we had out at different times, up to 17, 18, 19 guys out of practice so it's hard when that's the case and Jermichael Finley hasn't played in a preseason game yet but I think we're right where we need to be."
Like Rodgers, offensive guard Josh Sitton has been through a number of training camps, and he's more than ready for the season to start. "Preseason can be pretty damn annoying sometimes because you're going against the same guys, you're not getting the game plan in, going over the same things over and over, so it will be nice to get into the regular season, get rolling with that and playing when it actually means something."
Rookie Jerel Worthy is wrapping up his first camp, and he's still shaking his head at the difference between college and the NFL. "I used to kind of complain in college about how we had two a days but I couldn't even imagine how guys would go through two a days up here at this level. Just with how much stress you put on your body every day, just going out there and competing and you got so many guys who want to do better and want to do good and the level of competition is much higher than it is in college but it went well for me, I came out healthy, no nicks or bruises, ready to take it into the season."