Because Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith suffered an ankle injury at practice on Wednesday, the Packers are going to have to do some shifting along the offensive line, at least temporarily.
Detrich-Smith’s status for this upcoming Sunday’s game against the Falcons is still unknown, but for the time being, usual right guard T.J. Lang will have to take over center duties in the usual starter’s absence.
Worth watching on Thursday at Packers practice is the ripple effect that will have on the offensive line.
When Dietrich-Smith exited the Lions game with a knee injury, Marshall Newhouse took over at right guard for Lang but performed so poorly that he was later replaced by rookie Lane Taylor.
Don Barclay, the preferred starter at right tackle, has also played some at right guard earlier this season, which could happen again if the Packers feel comfortable in allowing Derek Sherrod to man the right tackle position.
Sherrod saw his first playing time on offense in nearly two years this past week when he played six snaps at Detroit to close out the game.
Before the Packers hit the practice field on Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy will make his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio (satellite radio) on at 10:15 a.m. CT.
He’ll be talking to one of his former players and Packers preseason announcer Rich Gannon along with Bruce Murray on the SiriusXM Blitz.
You can bet McCarthy will address Aaron Rodgers’ availability for this upcoming Sunday’s game against the Falcons, which is still up in the air at this point.
“You just have follow the protocol of the rehab,” McCarthy said on Wednesday. “This is a medical situation. It’s like any other player, they have a plan for him to progress. And hopefully he comes in here tomorrow, feels better, and hopefully he’ll be able to do more tomorrow.”
Rodgers practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday, taking part in individual drills. But for the moment being, Matt Flynn is still be groomed as the starter for this weekend’s game.
In the evening hours, Packers wide receiver James Jones will make his weekly appearance on 101.1 FM WIXX in Green Bay for 1 on 1 with the Boys from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT.
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler will also make an appearance in Green Bay on Thursday, doing a book signing at Shopko, according to publisher Triumph Books:
— Triumph Books (@TriumphBooks) December 4, 2013