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T.J. Lang has 'outside chance' of playing in Week 6, per report

The Packers' guard shouldn't miss much time due to his knee sprain.

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The early reports suggested that the Green Bay Packers dodged a bullet with T.J. Lang's knee injury. Now, a tweet from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that the veteran guard suffered a "minor knee sprain" and has an "outside chance" to suit up against the San Diego Chargers this weekend.

Rapoport's report echoes the sentiments shared by Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy Monday afternoon. That's good news for an offensive line that has played only two games this season with all five preferred starters. The unit just saw the return of right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who missed three games after suffering meniscus tear in his knee.

Though Lang may recover enough to play on Sunday, the Packers may still choose to hold him out with the bye week on the horizon. That would allow Lang three full weeks to heal before the team travels to Denver to take on the undefeated Broncos. At the same time, Lang has a history of playing through pain. He gritted through a back issue in 2013 and an elbow injury during 2012.

Lang has missed just one game since becoming a starter in 2011. If he cannot go, Josh Walker, Don Barclay or Lane Taylor would take his place at right guard.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.