McCarthy is just as happy to be getting back some key cogs to his team. Last season, promising tight end Tory Humphrey was lost for the season when he broke a leg during the first practice of camp. Noah Herron was lost for the season with a knee injury during the preseason finale. Tony Moll, who figured to be a key backup offensive lineman, had his early season derailed with neck stingers. And electric Will Blackmon was sidelined early with a thumb injury, broke a foot during an October practice, and aggravated the foot in the season finale, costing him the playoffs.
Humphrey, Herron and Moll are excited to be healthy and ready for the Family Night Scrimmage on Sunday night. Blackmon, who missed both of Friday's practices as the troublesome foot was causing him some fits, was back at practice on Saturday and should be on the field on Sunday.
"Nobody likes training camp, but I'm happy to be out there," said Humphrey, who also missed half of the 2006 season with a hamstring injury.
Here's what else they had to say earlier this week.
Good to be back?: "It felt good to get that first day out of the way. Get the jitters out, get the pads back on and get the jitters out. It felt good."
Easing back into action?: "(Monday), I kind of eased into it. With what happened on the first day last year, I was kind of a little timid, but now, I'm able to let loose a little."
Feel jinxed?: "Actually, the first thing I thought of when it first happened to me last year was, ‘Here we go again.' I just had to get back in the training room and think about other things besides being hurt again."
Looking forward to the scrimmage?: "I'm kind of excited to be tackled. Once I get that out of the way, I'll be fine."
Goal for the season: "Stay healthy. Be out there the first game Monday night making plays."
How are you feeling? "It's going good. I'm making plays now and feeling good. The injury's behind me now. Since that first day (Monday) — we played football without pads on all offseason — I put the pads on and made big plays. That's what I'm looking for."
Goal for the season: "Right now, it's just training camp. Obviously, I want to stay healthy. That's never been a knock of mine, but as of last year, it kind of put a damper on it for me to not be available."
How are you feeling? "Very good. Nothing whatsoever so far. I went through OTAs and minicamp and didn't have anything with my neck. So, it's nothing I'm worried about. I feel like I did the proper things to get rid of it during the offseason."
A right tackle and guard by trade, Moll is getting some reps as the starting left tackle when Chad Clifton gets a day off: "It's a challenge in the sense that it's a new position for me. I've played right (tackle) before, but the other side is more exciting. It's a position I've always wanted to play, so it's something that I've take to heart."
Do you feel jinxed?: "You pick anybody in this locker room, and they've all had something, whether it was a family issue, injury or we've had a couple guys been cut by three or four teams. To survive, you have to go through some kind of adversity. I just look at it is my case is behind me. I'm not favoring it or worrying that anything will happen."
How thrilling was the Oakland game, when you scored on a punt return and fumble return: "It was cool. I've been trying to do that since I got here. It was so satisfying that I was able to make those plays and open a lot of eyes of people. That's what they expected me to do when I first got here. To show people that I was able to do that in any game, at any moment, was good."
Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org