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Packers' coach stands behind struggling kicker

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Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy said Monday he has quote, "zero interest" in bringing in a kicker to replace Mason Crosby.

The third-year pro has missed field goals in seven-of-his-last-eight games - and the 34-yarder he missed yesterday made a difference in the Pack's one-point loss at Pittsburgh.

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McCarthy said Crosby is a talented kicker, and he still believes there are technical errors that can be cleaned up.

The coach said punter Jeremy Kapinos, who took over as Crosby's holder yesterday, will stay in that role.

McCarthy also said defensive end Johnny Jolly is back in his hometown of Houston today - where he's supposed to post bond after being charged for a second time last week with felony codeine possession.

As for injuries, McCarthy said linebacker Nick Barnett and nose tackle Ryan Pickett might miss some practice time this week. He said other players were nicked up against the Steelers, and he'll have more information when practice resumes on Wednesday.

The Packers will have their normal day off Tuesday. They'll have full practices Wednesday and Thursday. And they'll be off Friday for Christmas.

The Packers will host Seattle on Sunday. A victory, plus a New York Giants' loss along the way, would put Green Bay in the playoffs.

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