As the Packers returned to work they saw a number of their defensive players return to the practice field including Clay Matthews, Letroy Guion, Datone Jones and Morgan Burnett. Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski also returned from injury.
“It’s not fun sitting on the sidelines watching your brothers go to work. Just having an opportunity to get back out there is a lot of fun. You know the bye couldn’t came at a perfect time now we’re getting guys back, getting guys healthy and that’s really what you want going down the stretch,” said Packers safety Morgan Burnett.
With an early bye came an early self-scout for the Packers giving them a chance to analyze their individual performances over the last three weeks.
“I think any player would like to go to a meeting and have a total breakdown of themselves and present it to them with video and data so I think that in itself will refocus them,” said head coach Mike McCarthy.
That focus will be even more important with the long stretch of season that lies ahead.
“It’s a long stretch, we’re looking forward to it. We’re ready to roll. Its gonna take every single guy in this locker room to get through this stretch. We’re gonna face a lot of challenges that we need to just come together as a team overcome those challenges and find the real identity of our team,” said Burnett.
However, the week 4 bye week was not long enough for Packers tight end Jared Cook to return from a high ankle sprain, he along with Sam Shields missed Monday’s practice.