GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Mike McCarthy said Friday he is a more confident coach as he enters the start of his second season leading the Green Bay Packers.
That self-assurance will be tested Sunday, when his injury-riddled offense could start three rookies in the season opener against Philadelphia at Lambeau Field.
Halfback Brandon Jackson and fullback Korey Hall are penciled in as starters, and receiver James Jones could start because Greg Jennings is listed as questionable for the game.
Jennings didn't practice Friday after injuring a hamstring a day earlier.
``We're just being smart with him today,'' McCarthy said after practice Friday. ``He feels good about Sunday's contest. But, we'll work him again tomorrow.''
Jones, a third-round draft pick, led Green Bay in the preseason with 21 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
Top receiver Donald Driver had full participation in a practice for the first time this week and is probable for the game.
Driver suffered a sprained foot in the Aug. 23 preseason game against Jacksonville and missed the final exhibition contest.
``I thought Donald looked good. I don't foresee him having a problem, if he does go,'' McCarthy said.
The biggest mystery for the Packers going into the start of the season is their running game. The halfback position has been unsettled since the first day of training camp, when projected starter Vernand Morency injured a knee.
Morency returned to practice this week but was held out Friday and is questionable on the injury report.
``He's sore,'' McCarthy said. ``As far as where he is in his rehab, (team doctor Pat) McKenzie is looking for a little better recovery the next day when he really does push it. We did some things with him today, and we'll see how he feels tomorrow.''
Morency's injury opened the door for Jackson, a second-round draft pick, to assume the role of featured back in the preseason.
Jackson suffered a concussion in practice last week, which kept him out of the preseason finale, but he has been cleared to play Sunday.
McCarthy feels Jackson is capable of carrying a full load in his pro debut.
``He's definitely young enough and strong enough. He's built for that,'' McCarthy said. ``I don't think he's a guy you have to keep it at 10 to 15 (carries). I think he's definitely physical enough to go 20 to 25.''
Rookie DeShawn Wynn and Ryan Grant would spell Jackson if Morency is kept out Sunday.
Notes: DE Aaron Kampman was added to the injury report because of a rib injury he suffered in practice Thursday. Kampman had limited participation Friday but is probable. ... DE Michael Montgomery (knee) has been declared out. ... OT Tony Moll (neck) and S Aaron Rouse (hamstring) are doubtful.

Recent NFL Discussions

Monday Night on Tue, Nov 2017 by BamaHater
MNF PLAY on Tue, Nov 2017 by Timmy1961
NFL Opening Line Report Week 12 on Mon, Nov 2017 by Blade

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Falcons vs. Seahawks Prediction Are the Seattle Seahawks a safe bet to cover the point spread as a home favorite tonight when they host the Atlanta Falcons? Kick-off for Monday night is set for 8:30 p.m....
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Seahawks Total Prediction Will tonight's Monday Night Football matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks go over the betting total for bettors? Or will both defenses show...
Thumbnail Five Best NFL Week 12 Games Which teams are favored in the NFL on Thanksgiving Day? Here are the five best matchups for Week 12, coupled with the odds for each of those games.
Thumbnail NFL Week 11 Betting Recap How did the favorites and underdogs do in Week 11 of the NFL season? If you laid points as a NFL bettor, more than likely you cashed big on Sunday.
Thumbnail Eagles vs. Cowboys Prediction Will the banged-up Dallas Cowboys find a way to cover the spread tonight when they host their NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday...

NFL Team Pages