On Wednesday, it became public knowledge that not only had Green Bay Packers starting offensive guard T.J. Lang suffered a serious injury against the Saints, but that his fellow starter Josh Sitton had as well. Sitton was unable to participate in practice today, and Mike McCarthy addressed this injury and others in his press conference this afternoon.
Obviously, with both starting guards in question for Sunday Night's game against the Bears, that puts the offensive line as a whole very much in flux. It's probably a very good thing that JC Tretter is back on the active roster this week.
We have the Packers' full injury report here, as well as some choice quotes from McCarthy's presser.
S Morgan Burnett - calf - full participation
DE Datone Jones - ankle - full participation
G T.J. Lang - ankle - did not participate
QB Aaron Rodgers - hamstring - full participation
CB Sam Shields - knee - full participation
G Josh Sitton - toe - did not participate
In his press conference, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy would not give any specifics on Sitton's injury, just repeating that it was a toe injury. As for his status for Sunday's game against the Bears, McCarthy said "We're gonna see what he can do in practice tomorrow." Later he said that "the fact that he played through it (against the Saints) was really impressive."
With both starting guards in question, JC Tretter is obviously under the microscope at the guard position and might be in for a big role this week. The head coach said that "JC has the ability to play a number of those positions and we'd be comfortable with him at one of those positions ... JC looks good ... it was the right thing (putting him on IR) ... JC probably played every position on the line during that transition period."
As for Lane Taylor, who filled in for Lang against the Saints, McCarthy said the following: "He needs to perform better. New Orleans was not his best night. I thought pass protection-wise, he did some really good things. But the run part of it, he'll improve on ... Lane will be much better prepared for his next opportunity."
Now that Lang and Sitton are suddenly the hot topics, Aaron Rodgers' hamstring injury has faded as a big story. McCarthy confirmed that he "looked good, he had a good day."
Then the release of Derek Sherrod came up: "That was a tough one for everybody on a personal level ... he did everything he could (in rehab). It was not an easy decision."
When asked if Tretter would be the primary backup tackle due to Sherrod's departure, McCarthy evaded the question: "In the spirit of gamesmanship, I really don't want to talk about where anybody's playing. I want you all to find out on Sunday Night if that's okay ... If you look at how we draft offensive linemen, almost all of them have played tackle ... I'm not really worried about (the backup tackle spots). I feel like we have a good plan for it."
There you have it from McCarthy. Keep it here on APC for more news and notes from Green Bay.