It appears the Green Bay Packers caught a break, as starting right guard T.J. Lang will not require surgery on the left ankle he injured during last Sunday's 44-23 loss in New Orleans, according to a report by ESPN's Rob Demovsky.
The team has said little about Lang's injury other than to label it an ankle sprain and declare that they won't know more until next week. Lang was spotted wearing a walking boot after the Saints game and was not made available to reporters. Still, the Packers and Lang expressed optimism about the injury, and if surgery is indeed avoided he should return at some point this season.
The question becomes who replaces Lang if he cannot suit up for the Packers' Week 10 divisional showdown with the Chicago Bears. While Lane Taylor stepped in against the Saints, he endured significant struggles and was the primary culprit for the team's failed fourth-and-short attempt in the third quarter. Second-year lineman JC Tretter could take over as the team can now activate him off short-term injured reserve. Tretter has practiced little at guard, but was slotted in as the Packers' starting center before an knee injury late in the preseason temporarily derailed his season.
Certainly there will be more on this story in the coming week. Keep your internet machine tuned to Acme Packing Company for the latest Packers news and developments.
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