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Sitton not expected to play in next game

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said today at his press conference that guard Josh Sitton isnít expected to play next week against the New York Giants. Sitton suffered a knee sprain against the Lions yesterday and was replaced by Evan Dietrich-Smith in the lineup. McCarthy said Sitton suffered a new injury and would be ďhard pressedĒ to play against the Giants in the Packersí next game on Dec. 4. Meanwhile, inside linebackers Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk suffered calf sprains on Thursday and McCarthy said both have a chance to play against the Giants. McCarthy said the calf sprains could have been due to fatigue because the Packers just got done playing three games in a 10-day span. He said Dietrich-Smith played OK considering he was put in a tough spot against the Lions. The Packers didnít have to deviate from anything in their game plan due to Sittonís absence, according to McCarthy. He wouldnít say for sure that Dietrich-Smith would start at right guard if Sitton canít play next Sunday and that it would be evaluated by the coaching staff. Other highlights from McCarthyís presser: *Despite the Thanksgiving injuries, he feels pretty good about the overall health of his team. * He didnít sound too concerned about depth on the offensive line. *Players are off until Tuesday, and assistants will be off on Saturday and Sunday. *The team will spend some time Tuesday self scouting and talking about things the Packers want to emphasize. *Tackle Chad Clifton isnít as close to playing as McCarthy thought a couple weeks ago. He doesnít see Clifton playing against the Giants. *Running back Brandon Saine did a good job during his brief stint on offense against the Lions. McCarthy said he felt good about his opportunities on offense. *He said he would have liked to have seen officials break up a tussle between Pat Lee and two Lions special teams players sooner. Lee eventually was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and ejected from the game. McCarthy said he was upset with Leeís actions and acknowledged he made a bad decision. *McCarthy said he tells his team to maintain poise and composure, particularly on the road. With the noise level and †hype, itís important to stay within yourself.

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