Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, who was bothered by a quad injury during the regular season, was held out of practice today for what head coach Mike McCarthy indicated was precautionary reasons.
“He’s fine,” McCarthy said Thursday at the conclusion of the 1-hour, 45-minute, no-pads workout at Highland Park High School’s indoor facility. “He wants to practice and all that, but I’m not taking any chances with him. I’ll probably hold him out tomorrow, as well.”
Driver was placed on the inactive list Nov. 7 against Dallas and missed significant stretches in two other games because of a quadriceps injury. The 12th-year veteran still finished second on the team with 51 catches and was fourth with 565 yards.
Linebacker Erik Walden did not participate in team drills after testing his sprained ankle the previous day in practice. “He was very sore, which is why we limited him today,” McCarthy said. “It’s up the air with him right now. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. Even if he feels a lot better, he’ll be limited. I’m going to hold him back and give him every chance to be ready for the game.”
Walden sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Jan. 23 NFC Championship Game at Chicago and did not return. Frank Zombo continued to work with the first team in his absence.
McCarthy said he felt the practice was good, adding: “Frankly, we feel like we’re ready to go. We’ve got everything in, so tomorrow will be completely review for us.”
The practice was attended by the game-day broadcast crew from FOX, which will carry the game against the Steelers. Afterward, McCarthy spoke to former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson, who won two Super Bowl titles.
“He had a lot of encouraging words,” McCarthy said. “He was very complimentary. It was neat to have a chance to talk to him. It was the first time I’ve ever met him in person.”