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Green Bay Packers must now make final roster decisions

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he would have liked the team to play better in the second half Thursday night, when the Packers lost their pre-season finale at Kansas City 30-8.

But the coach said he got what he came for – no new injuries his starters, and lots of film on all of his players. That film is being evaluated Friday at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. General manager Ted Thompson must decide by 5 p.m. Saturday which players to cut to get the Pack down to its regular season roster of 53.

Twenty-two players will have to be cut. After Thursday night’s game, McCarthy said Don Barclay won the starting job at right tackle over Marshall Newhouse. He also singled out defensive backs Chris Banjo and Micah Hyde for their solid play throughout the pre-season.

The Packer offense struggled again, as quarterbacks Vince Young and B.J. Coleman failed to produce any touchdowns while generating just 218 yards of total offense.

Starters Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, and Clay Matthews all sat out last night.

McCarthy said the Packers have geared their preparations for the start of the regular season a week from Sunday at San Francisco. For now, he says it’s a matter of making the necessary adjustments – and he vows to be fully ready when practices for the 49ers begin in earnest on Monday.