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Looking for healthier start, McCarthy changing things up for Packers camp

  • From left, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger, Alex McCarthy, Green Bay Packers head coach mike McCarthy and Packers president Mark Murphy pose for a photo during a ceremony to officially dedicate a street in McCarthy's name Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette,  Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    From left, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger, Alex McCarthy, Green Bay Packers head coach mike McCarthy and Packers president Mark Murphy pose for a photo during a ceremony to officially dedicate a street in McCarthy's name Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gets emotional as he speaks during a ceremony to officially dedicate a street in his name Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette,  Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gets emotional as he speaks during a ceremony to officially dedicate a street in his name Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken with a  fish-eye lens, Green Bay Packers shareholders listen as president Mark Murphy addresses them from the stage inside Lambeau Field during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting Thursday, July 24 2014m in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    In this image taken with a fish-eye lens, Green Bay Packers shareholders listen as president Mark Murphy addresses them from the stage inside Lambeau Field during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting Thursday, July 24 2014m in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Mike McCarthy isn't averse to changing things up in his ninth year coaching the Green Bay Packers.

After two injury-filled seasons, an alteration is coming to how Green Bay prepares for games.

The practice schedule is changing, with players getting an off day, then running through practice the day before a game. That's the reverse of how things were done last season. The change starts in the preseason.

McCarthy said Friday it was the first time he had changed the schedule in his tenure. He describes it as a philosophical shift.

Green Bay won a third straight NFC North title last year. The season will also be remembered for a swath of injuries, including the broken collarbone that sidelined quarterback Aaron Rodgers for nearly two months.