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Packers guard T.J. Lang returns from PUP list

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When the Green Bay Packers placed six of their players on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp, many wondered how soon the team would allow them to return to the field. Though that question remains unanswered for the majority of the group, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy shed some light onto the situation for starting guard T.J. Lang.

During Monday’s media availability, McCarthy said Lang “is getting close” to coming off the PUP list. As for the rest of the players awaiting medical clearance, the coach said “nothing has changed” with their status.

Lang, who has served as one of the Packers’ starting guards since 2011, underwent surgery this offseason to repair a troublesome shoulder that bothered him throughout the past season. Despite the injury, Lang missed only one start in 2015 and just two starts since becoming a starter.

In his absence, Green Bay has turned to recently extended backup Lane Taylor. Taylor performed well in limited runs last year as well as during practice thus far during training camp.

UPDATE: Lang returned to practice Monday night, which necessarily means the Packers have activating him from the PUP list.

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