News now! Sitton, Lang both questionable; Rodgers ‘ready to go’

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 7, 2014 – 11:56 am

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GREEN BAY — Packers starting guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang are both being listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game vs. Chicago after participating in a workout on Friday morning.

“They both completed it,” Mike McCarthy said of the workout, which tested Sitton’s toe injury and Lang’s ankle. “The workload they were asked to do, they exceeded it. That part went well. Their evaluation tomorrow is the next step we have to get through.”

The Packers will practice on Saturday, but McCarthy said he isn’t necessarily looking for either Sitton or Lang to practice because he wants to make sure backup options Lane Taylor, JC Tretter and Garth Gerhart get enough reps to be prepared to play, just in case.

Elsewhere on the injury report, QB Aaron Rodgers is listed as probable with his hamstring and has been declared “ready to go” by McCarthy.

“He feels good,” McCarthy said. “He had a couple throws to his left yesterday. That was the last thing I think he wanted to feel and see. We’ve got a full game plan.”

The defense is also healthy, as S Morgan Burnett (calf), CB Sam Shields (knee) and DE Datone Jones (ankle) are all listed as probable.

McCarthy did announce that WR Kevin Dorsey’s foot injury is “significant” and he will be sidelined multiple weeks.

Update: Sitton and Taylor both spoke to reporters in the locker room after McCarthy’s press conference.

Sitton said he “didn’t feel 100 percent” in his workout but he felt “decent” as he tried all the different movements he’d have to make from his customary left guard spot.

“I have to see how it feels tomorrow,” Sitton said. “It’s still a little swollen up. We have to see how it reacts to the workout today. That was part of the reason we did the workout today, so we could see how sore it is tomorrow and go from there.”

If Taylor is called on to fill in for Lang again, as he did in New Orleans, he said his first significant game experience gives him a lot to draw upon. Earlier in the week, McCarthy said he thought Taylor did well in pass protection against the Saints but needs to shore things up in the run game.

“I’ve just dialed in to my technique and fundamentals,” Taylor said. “That’s all it really comes down to. Just stressing that and making sure to emphasize it this week.”

If neither Sitton nor Lang can play, rookie center Corey Linsley suddenly becomes the most experienced member of the offensive line’s interior. Linsley has spoken often about leaning on Sitton and Lang during games to get pre-snap calls and declarations right, but Sitton said Linsley would be “fine” without his veteran companions, if it comes to that.

“Really, since the first couple weeks, he pretty much does everything on his own now,” Sitton said. “Every once in a while, we’ll tell him what to do, but he’s got it.”


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