GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- With the bye week scheduled so late in the season, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy always figured he would give players most of this week off to heal.
Then the Packers thrashed the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 on Sunday night, and McCarthy decided to throw in an extra day off for a player-pleasing "Victory Monday." Now they won't be back to practice for a full week before returning to prepare for a Nov. 21 game at Minnesota.
The Packers have a staggering 10 players on injured reserve, including five starters, and several other key players who are still on the active roster but are fighting nagging injuries.
Still, they've managed to rebound from a 3-3 start to win three straight and head into the bye week in the driver's seat in the NFC North.
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