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With Newhouse back, line seeks continuity again

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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For the first week of practice, the five starting offensive linemen -- from left to right: Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga -- took every rep together. With no starting jobs up for grabs on the line for the first time in coach Mike McCarthy's tenure, the group of five could start work early on establishing its continuity. Then Newhouse sustained a concussion in the Aug. 3 Family Night scrimmage, and it turned into a game of musical chairs at left tackle with Herb Taylor, Andrew Datko and Reggie Wells all taking reps with the starters. When Newhouse returned to practice today, a sense of order was restored. But there's some catching up to do. "It's great having Marshall back," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "I think he needs some reps with the six of us together. Having him in there with T.J. and Josh and Bryan and Jeffy, it'll be nice having us together and start to gel together." Newhouse didn't appear to be on a snap count in practice and as long as he doesn't experience a setback, he's expected to start Thursday's preseason game against Cleveland. "I'm hopeful," McCarthy said. "I'll get a chance to go through the training room when I leave here. He didn't look like he had any conditioning issues. We challenged him today. I think he's on schedule."

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