Packers keep tabs on injuries despite lockout
Although the NFL lockout has cut off most contact between teams
and players, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson said the
Packers are able to track the progress of injured players during
Speaking to reporters in his annual pre-draft news conference
Thursday, Thompson said team physician Pat McKenzie is staying in
touch with Packers players who are rehabilitating their injuries.
And Thompson didn’t express any concerns about players falling
behind as they get ready for a return to the field.
A league spokesman says team doctors can check on the progress
of injured players’ rehabilitation as long as such contact happens
away from team facilities. Green Bay shook off a rash of injuries
during its Super Bowl run, ending the season with 16 players,
including six starters, on injured reserve.
And while teams generally can’t talk to players during the
ongoing work stoppage, a handful of Packers players also are
scheduled to participate in the Packers’ ”tailgate tour” next
month, which is allowed because the events will benefit local
Thompson acknowledged that the team is making contingency plans
just in case the labor situation affects the timing of training
camp or the regular season.
”For the fans, they should know, we’re planning for several
different contingencies,” Thompson said. ”What we do know is,
there’s a draft coming up next week, and that’s been my focus and
the focus of our personnel department.”
Despite the uncertainty of the labor situation, Thompson said,
team officials are preparing for the season as usual.
”What’s important to know is, the Packers are getting ready for
football,” Thompson said. ”We’ve got a season schedule sent out.
Mike (McCarthy) has training camp schedules all done. There is no
contact with players, but our players are very professional and I’m
sure they’re getting ready. We’re hopeful that a deal gets done,
just like everybody else.”