Packers practice Christmas Day; Harrell out
Christmas was a work-day for the Green Bay Packers, as they get ready to host Detroit in their season finale on Sunday.
Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy had the players in at noon for a team meeting. Then, they had a full two-hour practice.
"I never worked on a schedule in all my years in the NFL where you had Thanksgiving and Christmas off," said McCarthy.
"And this year has been a challenge. We've had both Thanksgiving and Christmas after away Monday night games. I think they did a very good job with it," he added.
The Lions took Christmas off, but they practiced on Tuesday, which is their normal off-day.
The Packers didn't have that luxury, since they played on Monday night. The same thing happened on the week of Thanksgiving, and McCarthy says it's just another challenge his team has had to deal with.
Green Bay will try to end a five-game losing streak against the Lions. Detroit will try to avoid becoming the first NFL team ever to finish 0-16.
The Lions this week signed former Packers' guard Junius Coston to replace veteran Edwin Mulitalo, who was put on injured reserve.
Game time for Sunday's match up is Noon and the game will be televised on the Fox Network and broadcast on the Wisconsin Radio Network.
Harrell done for season
The season is over for Packers' defensive tackle Justin Harrell. He's been ruled out of Sunday's finale against Detroit after the pain from his back injury in the last off-season flared up again.
"It's probably pretty consistent just the way it's gone the last few weeks. He goes through the treatment, he's feeling like he's making progress, and then I think once he gets to the team stuff and the drill work it still bothers him. I know he's frustrated with it," McCarthy said.
Green Bay's top draft choice from 2007 has also had lingering hip problems.
McCarthy said Harrell had a full practice on Wednesday, but the pain kept him from doing anything Thursday.
Starting fullback Korey Hall had a full practice for the second straight day. He's expected to return on Sunday after hurting a knee almost two weeks ago.
Receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings practiced in full.
Jennings had a mild concussion on Monday night against Chicago, and Driver bruised a knee in that game.
Corner Al Harris was back at practice on Christmas, after he came down with a cold.