Bears' Matt Forte runs past Green Bay Packers' A.J. Hawk
(50) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday
in Green Bay. The Bears won 27-20.
GREEN BAY - The
Green Bay Packers have ruled out injured quarterback Aaron
Rodgers from playing Sunday against Philadelphia.
McCarthy is expecting other players to rise to the occasion.
knows what a great player he is," McCarthy said Friday.
"But at the end of the day, this is a long journey, we're
only halfway through the season, (and) this is a great
opportunity for everybody on our football team to step up and be
the guys on defense, which is expected to have some
reinforcement for the game at Lambeau Field.
should have linebacker Clay Matthews back on the field, wearing
a big club-like cast on his right hand. Matthews, who missed the
past four games because of a broken thumb, is probable to play
after practicing on a limited basis this week. Also probable are
defensive end/linebacker Mike Neal (knee) and defensive lineman
Ryan Pickett (knee). Outside linebacker Nick Perry, who has been
out three games with a foot injury, is questionable.
Green Bay (5-3)
will start Seneca Wallace in place of Rodgers (broken
collarbone) and its defense has the challenge on a short week of
rest to try to slow down the Eagles' fast-break attack in hopes
of staying in the crowded mix atop the NFC North.
big-play outfit," Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers
said. "Very fast tempo, up-tempo, they try to keep the
pressure on you defensively. You've got to really stay tuned in
(because) they're going to spread you out and try to use their
name to the growing list of admirers of Eagles quarterback Nick
Foles, who was pulled from the game against the Raiders early in
the fourth quarter after he threw for a career-high 406 yards,
an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns and had a perfect passer
rating of 158.3. Foles has yet to throw an interception this
this Sept. 8th file photo, Green Bay Packers outside
linebacker Clay Matthews (52) gestures during the fourth
quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco
49ers in San Francisco. Some good injury news for the
Packers for a change: pass-rushing star Matthews might be
on his way back to the field, with a club wrapped around
his right hand to protect an injured thumb.
very accurate thrower," Capers said. "If you look at
the game from Sunday, he threw the deep ball as well as anybody
I've seen. He was right on the money on all those deep
coach Chip Kelly's unconventional offense with remarkable
precision, Foles joined elite company in the Eagles' 49-20 rout
of the Raiders. His seven TD throws all came before the fourth
what these guys did to Oakland with it, and we don't want that
to happen," Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said.
"We want to be on our Ps and Qs and come out and execute.
We know it's not going to be easy, but we feel if we're on the
same page that we can get through it."
Green Bay is
coming off a Monday night loss to Chicago that cost them Rodgers
for an unknown amount of time. The Packers allowed 442 total
yards to a Chicago offense guided by journeyman quarterback Josh
McCown, who played mistake-free.
you're in a game like that and you have opportunities to make
plays, you've got to make plays," Capers said. "Now,
you can't miss tackles. We missed a couple critical tackles,
which we would have been off the field and you just have to
execute. We didn't execute well enough to win the game, it's
dominated the time of possession, holding the football for more
than 33 minutes. Kelly's Eagles try to run plays in rapid
concerned fatigue could become an issue with the defense Sunday.
Williams agreed and credited the Packers' scout team for
mimicking the Eagles offense in practice this week.
guys, the practice-squad guys, just giving us a great look of
what to expect — fast tempo, getting back to the line of
scrimmage, trying to put stress on us out there and us focusing
on getting our calls in and getting communicated fast and
getting lined up and ready to play," Williams said.
"It's been a different week, but it's been