News now! Josh Sitton’s rest is precautionary

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 17, 2015 – 10:49 am

151217-nn1GREEN BAY — Packers veteran left guard Josh Sitton is the one offensive lineman who hasn’t missed any playing time this season, but he did sit out practice on Wednesday due to a back issue.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday that Sitton’s rest is strictly precautionary and designed to keep his body fresh for Sunday’s game in Oakland. The coaches did something similar with Sitton’s preparation schedule last year when he was dealing with a toe injury.

“We’re just being smart with his reps,” McCarthy said. “We’re deep into the season. He has a lot of football that he has played.”

All five regular starters up front are on the injury report this week for the Packers. Center Corey Linsley (ankle) missed last week’s game but was back at practice Wednesday on a limited basis. Right guard T.J. Lang (shoulder) and tackles David Bakhtiari (knee) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) were also limited, though there’s been no indication they’re in danger of missing Sunday’s game.

Despite the long list of injuries to the unit, McCarthy believes the line has held up more than adequately.

“They’ve been very consistent,” he said. “It’s clearly one of the most consistent positions on our team. It’s a credit to those guys with all the things they’ve been battling through.”

Cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol and McCarthy did not know how close he is to returning to action.

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