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Packers prepare to contain Cam Newton


GREEN BAY (WAOW) -- 156 of the league-worst 927 rushing yards the Packers have given up this season have come from quarterbacks, including 40 on a read option run from Miami's Ryan Tannehill last Sunday.

Now Green Bay is challenged with the task of containing Carolina's Cam Newton, who last week ran for a season high 107 yards and a touchdown.

"We obviously are focused on it," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's a concept that we spent a lot of time on today in practice. Cam runs it very well and has been running it for quite some time. He's an excellent football player."

Newton, who threw for over 100 yards in his only career game against Green Bay in 2011, played through an ankle injury during the first few weeks of the season, hindering his running game, before breaking out on the ground last week.

"I think we saw last week that he's getting back to his old ways of being able to run the ball," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. "As far as bringing him down, it's kind of a gang tackle mentality. He's a big quarterback, he kind of fights resistance and that's how he makes some of those big plays."

Defensive depth is also a concern for the Packers. Cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams did not practice Wednesday after sustaining injuries last Sunday against Miami.

If neither can go this Sunday, Casey Hayward and Davon House will move into the starting cornerback spots.

McCarthy spoke highly of the two Wednesday.

"They stepped up in the Miami game," he said. "Obviously they took the reps today. (The depth) is definitely a benefit and it carries over to special teams."

Hayward, the 2012 NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year, recorded his first interception of the season on Sunday, before Williams and Shields left the game.

"With this secondary, we've been proving all year that we have a lot of depth," he said. "With me and House out there, I feel like we can go out and hold our own. That's what we've been doing all year. Every opportunity is another chance for another man to step up."

The Packers (4-2) take on the Panthers (3-2-1) at noon Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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