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McCarthy: Jenkins out with calf injury

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By Dan Arkush

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy began his Monday press conference after Green Bay’s latest victory with the bad news that DE Cullen Jenkins could be out “maybe a couple of weeks” with a calf injury suffered against the 49ers.

“When you’re dealing with a calf strain, you just never know,” said McCarthy, who definitely ruled Jenkins out for the game against Detroit this Sunday. “It feels better today than when they made the initial diagnosis.

“But I don’t see him coming back this week."

Compounding the team’s latest injury agony is the fact that Jenkins played arguably his best game of the season vs. the Niners, registering two sacks before the injury.

“He has been playing very well, and has gone through a number or different things,” McCarthy said.

On a brighter note, McCarthy sung the praises of rookie RB James Starks, who rushed for a team-high 73 yrads in his pro debut against the Niners.

“I thought James played very well,” McCarthy said.. “It was a great opportunity for the young man, and he graded out very well. … For the first time playing, we were very pleased with his performance.”

McCarthy said he envisioned more of rotation of his three halfbacks (Starks, Brandon Jackson and Dimitri Nance, who was out with a concussion in Week 13) moving forward.

“But Brandon is still our main guy,” McCarthy emphasized. “He’s been getting it done all year.”

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