On the Packers’ unofficial depth chart listed on their website, Greg Van Roten is still listed as the team’s backup, or second team, center despite Van Roten set to miss a couple weeks with a foot sprain suffered at practice on Monday of this week.
In the aftermath of Van Roten’s injury, the Packers have been very coy about who would replace starter Evan Dietrich-Smith if he’s hurt.
First there was this from the head coach:
McCarthy says Sitton, Lang and Barclay all work at center in practice each week, including now with Greg Van Roten (foot) out.
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) October 3, 2013
Then there was this from the offensive line coach:
Who plays center if something were to happen to Dietrich-Smith? "Evan just won’t get hurt, so you’ll never know," Campen said.
— Packer Report (@PackerReport) October 3, 2013
The guess here is that Barclay would slide over to center and Marshall Newhouse would step in at right tackle if something were to happen to Dietrich-Smith, but apparently that’s top secret stuff at 1265 Lombardi Ave.