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Barclay or Newhouse will play RT; Rodgers officially ruled out; Finley has surgery

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 15, 2013 – 1:34 pm

The Packers’ starting right tackle could be Don Barclay or Marshall Newhouse on Sunday, as Barclay missed his third straight day of practice on Friday with a knee injury but continues to improve and still might play against the Giants.

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“Don’s getting better,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s improving each day throughout the week. We’ll see if he’ll be available. We’ve got Marshall ready to play. He took the reps this week. Don will be close.”

Barclay is officially listed as questionable. C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee) sat out practice on Friday as a precaution but is probable, so it appears one change up front would be the most facing the starting offensive line this week.

Barclay is in just his second season, and often with a young player, McCarthy is reluctant to have that player play if he doesn’t get to practice at all during the week. But he’s making a bit of an exception this week with Barclay, who has engendered confidence from the coaching staff by all of his off-the-field preparation.

“He’s very conscientious,” McCarthy said. “He’s on top of it. He’s here round the clock trying to get healthy. He hasn’t missed a meeting, he’s in the walk-throughs in the gymnasium and so forth. So I’d have no problem playing Don.”

QB Aaron Rodgers was officially ruled out on Friday for the second straight week with his broken collarbone, and McCarthy did not have an update on when he could potentially return to action. The team is still in wait-and-see mode.

“We’ll see how he is,” McCarthy said. “He’s on top of every inch of his rehab and he feels better. He’s definitely made a big improvement from last week to this week, but I don’t have a plan.”

Elsewhere on the injury report, LB Mike Neal (abdomen) and DE Johnny Jolly (groin) both returned to practice on Friday and are listed as probable, along with DE Ryan Pickett (knee).

CB Sam Shields sat out practice on Friday to rest a tender hamstring, but he is also probable.

LB Nick Perry (foot/ankle) is doubtful, while fellow outside LB Andy Mulumba (ankle) is questionable. CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) has been ruled out and will be out multiple weeks.

In other injury news, TE Jermichael Finley had surgery on his neck on Thursday in Pittsburgh and will be returning to Green Bay soon.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from Jermichael and seeing him,” McCarthy said. “My understanding is through our medical staff that it was a successful surgery.”

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19 Responses to “Barclay or Newhouse will play RT; Rodgers officially ruled out; Finley has surgery”

  1. By PK on Nov 15, 2013 | Reply

    Some good news on injury front. Concerned about 90 coming to play. The last two denfensive debacles to end games he looked like a dancing bear with the OL person leading !!!! Looks like he is playing his wasy OUT OF GB in a contract year.If he doesn’t want to be or play as a Packer sit him !!

  2. By mazovoid on Nov 15, 2013 | Reply

    So what is going on with Derek Sherrod then? Wonder when/if we’ll see him in the game.

  3. By OKGOPACK on Nov 15, 2013 | Reply

    Boy, do we need both lines healthy. OLBs, too.

  4. By petermaiz on Nov 15, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t figure out why Nick Perry’s injury is so prolonged.
    We really need QB pressure to force some of those turnovers that are sorely needed. We also need to stop the run against that guy that just got back from injury. The Giants ran him 30 times against Oakland.

  5. By northerner on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    I’m glad AR is keeping up with his rehab doesn’t seem like MM has a clue about the one guy that makes the difference in haveing either a winning or losing season will be back. WOW

  6. By jj on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    Norhterner, do you really think MM doesn’t know what is going on with Rodgers? Your not to bright are you?

  7. By petermaiz on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think Aaron may be waiting on further scans. But a collarbone heals when it heals. Rodgers can’t go out there and get sacked three or four times in a game and risking further injury to the collarbone. If the collarbone didn’t totally snap and it was just a hairline break, he could be back for Thanksgiving but somehow I doubt it.
    But this Giants game is the key and Tolzien has to step up and not throw interceptions. We will need third down conversions and the offensive line really need to protect Tolzien. I see a lot of screens and a lot of Lacy. Bottom line is we need to put points on the board and not just field goals.

  8. By Rick S. on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    I hate when coaches can’t make bones heal faster. We need a coach named Jesus.

  9. By fromeo on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t understand how HAMSTRING injuries keep a curing! Hayward is been out of playing because of this. Is he really hurting or just doesn’t want to play! Need to really concentrate on our DEFENSE!!! As the saying goes, DEFENSES WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS!, OFFENSES WIN GAMES!! We got the OFFENSE when everybody gets healed to win games, but were FAR from having the DEFENSE to win CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!

  10. By Montanapackfan on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hamstrings “keep a curing” priceless

    Roll on green roll on

  11. By fromeo on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    Are defense is going to tell the tell this weekend, either they step up and play like they should ,or Dom Caper better have them ready!!! If the defense plays like last week,CAPERS needs to go!! I’am tired of ALL the fans whining about injuries. Every team has them and the GOOD teams still win! Like Sharpe said on NFL Access, GREEN BAYS DEFENSE THE LAST 2 WEEKS MADE 2 SECOUND STRING QUARTER BACKS LOOK LIKE MVP’S!!!!!

  12. By goinforit on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    Broke my collar bone in high school. felt ok at about 3 months. Took a whole year before it finally felt right. We know Aaron will be back at some point. It will be painful. Even if he say’s it feels fine, I can tell you from experience, it doesn’t !.
    Hope he doesn’t turn into a Vicodin freak like Brett Turncoat. Pulling for you, Aaron!.

  13. By montanapackfan on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply


  14. By AL NEUBAUER on Nov 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hope fully we can get a win Sunday. The o-line has to play a good and likewise the defense. GO OACK.

  15. By SeattAl on Nov 17, 2013 | Reply

    swan song

  16. By jacoby on Nov 17, 2013 | Reply

    been nice knowing you Jermichal, and you were looking like the player we all wanted to see

  17. By James DuBose on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    I got a big laugh out of jj’s comment. He accuses northerner of not being bright but makes a typo on northerner types “your” when he should have used “you’re” and uses “to” when he should have used “too.” Ha ha! Hey jj, I guess you’re not too bright yourself.

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