The Packers Could Have Four New Starters For Their Next Game

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Desmond Bishop #55 of the Green Bay Packers watches the action from the sidelines during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Packers defeated the Lions 27-15. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Depending on the severity of LB Erik Walden's legal problems, the Green Bay Packers could be looking at four new starters when they take the field against the Giants on December 4th. 

Mike McCarthy was not confident that RG Josh Sitton could return in time. Starting in his place would be Suh's new BFF, Evan Dietrich-SmithPro Football Focus noted that he was good against the Lions, and that's been in keeping with his past performance. It was a surprise when the versatile interior lineman made the team as an undrafted player in 2009. He missed the final cut in 2010 because he had some blown protections during the preseason, but he had also made some good plays too. After a brief detour in Seattle, he was re-signed late in 2010 after injuries had wiped out the roster. That gave him an opening to return in 2011, and this time he beat out the player who beat him out in 2010 (Nick McDonald). He can be a solid player, but he can be beaten on occasion.

McCarthy was a little more confident about the return of Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk from their respective calf injuries. If they can't play, then the assignment would fall on Robert Francois and D.J. Smith. While Francois made the highlight reel, Pro Football Focus was more impressed with Smith's play. I would have some concerns about that duo, but their solid performance against the Lions put some of those to rest. If they held their own against the Lions, I would expect the same against the Giants. I haven't been a huge fan of Hawk this season anyway, but Bishop would be missed.

Then there's Walden himself. While Brad Jones subbed for Walden against the Lions, I would expect Frank Zombo to return in time for the Giants. I wouldn't expect much of a drop off without him. 

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