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McCarthy mulling options if Dietrich-Smith can’t play

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 5, 2013 – 4:49 pm

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday that he’s hopeful C Evan Dietrich-Smith can return to practice in some capacity on Friday, but he hasn’t made a final decision on the starting offensive line should Dietrich-Smith not be able to play.

C Evan Dietrich-Smith

C Evan Dietrich-Smith

Dietrich-Smith injured an ankle in practice on Wednesday and sat out Thursday. If he can’t play, he’d be replaced by RG T.J. Lang at center, the same move made in Detroit last week when Dietrich-Smith went down with a knee injury.

One of three other players would fill in from there. One option would be for ro0kie Lane Taylor to take Lang’s spot at RG. Another would be for Don Barclay to slide over from RT to RG, with Derek Sherrod starting at RT. Or Marshall Newhouse could start at either RG or RT, with Barclay playing the other spot.

“The opportunity needs to be earned and performance will drive it,” McCarthy said.

The Packers got no further clarity on QB Aaron Rodgers’ availability for Sunday. He practiced in pads and “made a little progress,” according to McCarthy, but there was nothing more to report.

“He’s a step closer, but how far away, time will answer that question,” McCarthy said.

In other news, CB Tramon Williams acknowledged that he was fined by the league for the contact he made with an official in the end zone in Detroit last Thursday. Williams said the fine was “in the 20s,” meaning thousands of dollars, but he maintained there was no intent behind the contact and that he didn’t know in the heat of the moment it was an official whose arm he swiped away.

“I’ll appeal,” he said. “Hopefully they give me some money back.”


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40 Responses to “McCarthy mulling options if Dietrich-Smith can’t play”

  1. By Nick on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    If sherrod is ready, I can’t imagine he’d be any worse than newhouse. Give him a shot

  2. By zzyzxidaho on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t even practice without injuring oneself. Just frustrated with all this. I’m just laughing now, what else can one do! I can only imagine how the players feel! Lol
    Go pack go……to the rehab center!!

  3. By petermaiz on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    Without Dietrich Smith that line is worthless. Newhouse is pretty bad. Forget Flynn having time to throw.

  4. By Jon on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    Newhouse is awful. I’ve been saying that for 2 years. I just can’t imagine that any of the remaining lineman are worse than him.

  5. By walt on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    I’M MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE Packs DB’s. They just signed another 5’11” DB, which makes 7 who are 6’0″ and less. No wonder they can’t cover receivers who are 6’5=6″ Can’t they find any big , tall DB’s? If not, DEVELOP SOME!!

  6. By johngaltwho on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    I’d let John Kuhn start over Newhouse. Better yet, put Dom Capers out there (two birds with one stone!!!)

  7. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    RODGERS AINT PLAYEN THIS YEAR ! CLUE IS VIC EARLYER TOPIC ABOUT HOW THE SEAHAWKS BUILT THAIR TEAM THRU HIGH ROUND DRAFT PICKS !

  8. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    UMMM FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAY GB D IS TIERED BECAUSE OF NO OFFENSE : DOSRNT SEEM TO TIRE OUT THE LIONS AND THE LIKE OFFENSES !

  9. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    DOES ANYBODY THINK THAT THE MEDICAL STAFF AND THE ORGANIZATION WORK TOGATHER ON WHO CAN PLAY OR NOT ?

  10. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    OR HOW TO DISTRACT THE FANS WITH BOUGUS BLOGS LIKE HOW THE SEAHAWKS BUILT THAIR TEAM THRU THE DRAFT ?

  11. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    RATHER THAN SAYING SOMTHING LIKE MAYBE THIS TEAM IS TERRIBLE WITHOUT RODGERS ?

  12. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    DUE TO NOT HOLDING COACHES ACCOUNTABLE……….

  13. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    PEOPLE SAY DONT RUSH RODGERS BACK TILL HES 100 PERCENT ! WHY ? CAUSE DEEP DOWN EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU CAN 86 EVERYBODY BUT CM3 AND NOT MISS A BEAT !

  14. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    DYNASTY WILL BE THE WORD AGAIN IN GB IF THEY ONLY GET RID OF CAPERS !STARS WILL EMERGE ALL OVER THE PLACE ON D !

  15. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    THEE WORST D IN NFL HISTORY !!! 2011 D.CAPERS !

  16. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    BE THANKFUL THAT SB YEAR WE DIDNT FACE AN ELITE QB IN THE PLAYOFFS !

  17. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    HES NEVER BEATEN A TOP 5 QB IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER !

  18. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    THE FACT THAT HES STILL HERE TELLS YOU THAIRS A SERIOUS MANAGEMENT PROBLEM !

  19. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    SORRY ABOUT ALL THESE POSTs, FOR SOME REASON ANYTHING I WRITE OVER 3 SENTENSES ISNT POSTED !

  20. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    WHY IS A RB COACHING THE WRS IN GREENBAY ?

  21. By airpacker12 on Dec 5, 2013 | Reply

    THIS ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO TAKE STEP BACK AND TAKE ANOTHER LOOK ! RATHER THAN LISTENING TO ALL THE EXCUSES ON WHY ITS PERFORMED SO BAD THE LAST 3 YEARS >>>

  22. By john on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    Let Sherrod play. Maybe he isn’t another Justin Harrel.

  23. By Amy on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    airpacker12….take your emotions elsewhere. You are making absolutely no sense and when you type in all caps it means you are S-C-R-E-A-M-I-N-G!

  24. By allan, Conn,. Packer fan on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Walt, Our DB’s just plain stink, can we get some guys who know how to play the position!

    Everyone of them should be benched and made to watch old tapes of Charles Woodson, they just might learn something!!!!

  25. By CMIV on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    airpacker12, you are going overkill. I honestly think you’re either a bandwagon fan or a troll.
    1. When the Packers went to the SB, they knocked off Michael Vick, Matt Ryan (I don’t know how you think he isn’t elite, considering the # of times Atlanta’s gotten #1 seed over the past couple years), Jay Cutler, & Ben Roethlisberger (He’s won 2 SBs before!!!)
    2. Capers defense does well if it is able to make turnovers. That’s definitely one thing that has been lacking this year. Injuries appear more numerous also this year than in years past (as bad as that sounds, I think it’s true.)

  26. By Taylor on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    PLEASE NOT NEWHOUSE!

  27. By Indiana Kas on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    airpacker 12, step away from the podium, take a deep breath,and don’t be such a “DRAMA QUEEN”.

  28. By Brandon on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    airpacker… Vick, Ryan, Cutler, and Big Ben aren’t elite qbs? Ok….

  29. By mike on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    What does MM have to Mull over? this is the team he left camp with .. so, as one of the greatest football minds , MM should have it all buttoned up !! just a slow downward trend this team has undertaken, under MM’s leadership.. Hopeful that the players pride comes out .. and saves the season..

  30. By nickynick04 on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think its time for a change.
    Thompson MUST GO. The times have pasted him by.
    Capers is a given.
    If MM does not fire him , HE must go.
    Maybe the president should go ?
    HEADS MUST ROLL !
    Thanksgiving was so bad it erased YEARS of proud Packer football.
    The GB press must stop kissing BUTT.
    There are real problems here.
    Think not…go watch Thanksgiving game again.
    Tackling is 90% desire 10% technique
    Who on that defense should NOT be released ?
    Raji is a joke , the D line stinks, Jolly s Cinderella story hit midnight.
    Perry is a HUGE disappointment .TT should be fird for that pick alone along with Jones this tear. Friggin disgrace
    I am so so disgusted.
    Sell some more worthless stock to the suckers who buy a piece of paper.

  31. By northerner on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    There are so many problems on both the O & D lines what does it matter who is playing what position. This is not a team that prides itself in elite players at any position. Outside of Rodgers, Mathews, Nelson, Cobb and Lacy there just ain’t much talent to look at. I mentioned this before who has TT drafted with a first round pick outside of Clay Mathews that is playing today like a first round pick should be???? Ahhhh nobody! End of story. Its time for Mark Murphy to step up and make some changes so 2014 season is not the mess this season has been, players and coaches.

  32. By Al Neubauer on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    Lang will be okay for a while just the rest of the line has to do better.

  33. By DAPAKRZ on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    I am neither a cheerleader-no-matter-what nor a sky- is falling- person. Those who would can TT, please remember that he is drafting at the bottom of the draft every year. Outside of the Detroit game, Bakhtiari has been magnificent so far. He was a steal. Matthews was a steal. Sam Shields was an undrafted free agent. Lacy was 2nd round pick. Rather than fire TT, let’s give the backups a chance to perform and TT a chance to perform FROM THE TOP OF THE DRAFT, for a change. As far as Capers is concerned, I am of a different opinion. It seems like he surprises no one with his blitzes any more and the front four/five cannot exert pressure all by itself. Our safeties seem to play in a fog week after week. The defensive turnovers generated are way down. My “litmus test” though is third down and fourth down performance. I don’t know where these statistics are kept but, we are just atrocious at third-and-long and fourth-and-long. My guess is that we are close to last in the league under the Capers era in these categories…and that’s a sign of a bad defensive scheme, bad coaching. I don’t think we need to throw the baby out with the bath water…but in this case the bath water needs to go. The offense should be just fine with Rodgers at QB. The “D” is in serious need of “fixin'”. I think that starts with the guy runnin’ the show.

  34. By DAPAKRZ on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    P.S.

    If EDS and Bakhtiari cannot go, we’d be fools to start Rodgers even if he is healthy. We CANNOT allow the “franchise” to risk serious, permanent injury by putting him behind linemen who say, “ole” as they watch the opponents rush by them.

  35. By DG on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    Please….Not Newhouse!! Sherrod cannot be any worse. Based on performance…MM are you not watching the same thing we are??

  36. By Jimmi Todd on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    It’s starting to feel like the 70’s and 80’s….Good motivated players don’t wanna be here or at least don’t wanna play hard enough to risk serious injury. They just wanna survive and get paid till their contracts are up and they can go play somewhere else.Then they can party and hit the clubs without being noticed or at least go out to eat without being mobbed. This team needs to be restocked with no-name hungry underdogs, maybe then we could see some fire and emotion on the field and sidelines. Win or lose it’s more fun to watch and as fan feel like your part of. Think Chuck Cecil, Gilbert Brown,Frank Winters,Leroy Butler, young Brett Favre ect. I’d rather “circle the wagons” and go 5-11 with a team that plays it’s guts out and are proud to be Packers. Than win anything with dudes who don’t like it here and are afraid to tackle anyone cuz they might break their gold necklace. I hope I got it all wrong and this current team is gonna “show me!”.

  37. By gideon on Dec 6, 2013 | Reply

    It is time to clean house starting at the top. The draft choices are reaping nothing. Eddie Lacy is one out of a hundred. The defensive scheme is worthless and the offense is boring and predictable. The injuries are another subject. There has to be a reason whether it is physical or fundamental techniques that are causing all of the problems.
    What happened to players who finished games with broken bones? We need fresh blood not only in the booth but on the field as well.

  38. By Sneezer on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    At least Tramon Williams hit somebody during the game.

  39. By Indiana Kas on Dec 7, 2013 | Reply

    There it is, nn04.With the whiners calling for all the heads to roll, I knew it couldn’t be to long until it reached the shareholders. lmao

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