Packers notebook

Packers coach Mike McCarthy met with the media early this afternoon. Here are his assessments from Sunday's game as well as updates on the team's injured players and Koren Robinson.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today that he will use the bye week in a couple of different ways. McCarthy plans to give some of the veteran players an extended break while stressing fundamentals to younger players, and self-scouting the team with his coaching staff.

The Packers will practice Tuesday through Thursday this week before they receive a three-day weekend. Green Bay returns to action Oct. 22 at Miami against the Dolphins.

McCarthy plans to use Tuesday and Wednesday's practices to correct mistakes his team made in various areas in recent games against the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams. The Packers fell 31-9 to the Eagles on Oct. 2 in Philadelphia and 23-20 to the Rams Sunday at Lambeau Field. On Thursday, the Packers will begin preparations for their game against the Dolphins.

In each of the practices, McCarthy says he and his coaching staff will stress fundamentals of football.

"Everytime we go out and play, the root of our improvements and the root of our corrections is fundamentals," McCarthy said. "You can go through every position, every phase of the game, and it's the little things that we have to continue to work on. We're getting better in a lot of them, most of them actually, but there are still a few things that we need to get cleaned up and continue to work."

Robinson update
McCarthy said that he has not received any information from the National Football League regarding a one-year suspension for wide receiver Koren Robinson. National reports swirled Sunday that Robinson has been given a one-year suspension by the league for violating the terms of the league's substance abuse policy.

McCarthy said he might soon hear from the league, but has yet to receive any confirmation regarding Robinson. In the meantime, he is preparing as if Robinson will be a part of the receiving corp, and if he is suspended, will move on without him.

"I view it just like any other player," McCarthy said. "Part of our game is you can lose a player to injury or so forth. We knew the situation of Koren when we brought him in here. We're going to keep preparing professionally, get him more involved in our offense, we've done that each week, I know he's coming along well and Brett is getting comfortable with him. On a personal level, we're working with him on his issue, and that's how I view it."

Robinson caught four passes for 42 yards Sunday against the Rams. He also returned two kickoffs for 40 yards.

Robinson's attorney, David Cornwell, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette Monday that he has asked the NFL to delay the appeal hearing of the wide receiver's suspension until his criminal charges in Minnesota are resolved. Robinson was arrested Aug. 16 in Minnesota and charged with one felony count of fleeing in a motor vehicle, two counts of DUI, and three other misdemeanors.

Robinson is scheduled to appear in a Minnesota court on Oct. 17 for a pretrial hearing.

Injury update
McCarthy said the following players will be listed as questionable for Green Bay's game against Miami on Oct. 22: Offensive tackle Chad Clifton (shoulder), Nick Collins (head), Cullen Jenkins (ankle), Brandon Miree (eye), guard Jason Spitz (throat), cornerback Charles Woodson (knee/ribs).

Clifton was hit on the shoulder on the last play of the game, though, McCarthy said the injury is not serious.

Spitz left the game in the third quarter and was taken to a Green Bay hospital. The rookie guard underwent a throat scope because of soreness due to vomiting prior to the game.

"Some guys throw up before games, and he's one of them," McCarthy said.

A second look
McCarthy, after reviewing the final play of the game this morning on film, confirmed that an inside stunt was the main reason Brett Favre was sacked by defensive end Leonard Little, who slapped the ball loose from Favre. The Rams recovered the ball on their own 13 yard line with 36 seconds remaining to hold on for the victory.

"There was a stunt that came free and Brett wasn't able to step up into it," said McCarthy. "Little was on the edge and was able to swat the ball out of Brett's hand. The start of the breakdown was the interior of the protection."

McCarthy said that tight end David Martin was wide open in the end zone. If Favre was able to avoid the sack, he likely would have found Martin all alone. But center Scott Wells and guard Tony Moll botched the stunt. Moll allowed nose tackle Jimmy Kennedy to apply pressure up the middle on Favre, and Little got the sack.

"That play was kind of an illustration of our season," McCarthy said. "They dropped (tight end) David Martin in coverage. He's part of the primary read and runs free in the end zone. I would have liked to think (Favre) would have stepped up and thrown the ball."

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