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Morning roundup: Can Barclay play right tackle full time?

Dec. 4, 2012
 

The status of T.J. Lang and his injured ankle is uncertain, which means Don Barclay might line up as the Packers' starting right tackle on Sunday against the Lions.

But what if Lang is healthy enough to return? Is it a given that Barclay would be sent to the bench? Or might the Packers leave the undrafted rookie Barclay at right tackle and put Lang back at his most familiar and best position, left guard?

Rob Demovsky explores the possibilities that await the Packers' offensive line this week. (http://pck.rs/SCRUdZ). It could mean that Evan Dietrich-Smith, who is filling in at left guard for Lang, could find his way to the bench instead of Barclay.

The theory is that the Packers, by moving Lang from guard to tackle, are weakening themselves at two positions.

Stay tuned.

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*Nothing is certain when it comes to Packers injuries, but coach Mike McCarthy said his best guess was that Charles Woodson, who has been out with a broken collarbone, might be able to return next week in time for the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Read all about it in Weston Hodkiewicz's Packers notebook: http://pck.rs/UD7Ldd

*Former Press-Gazette sports editor and Packers beat writer Cliff Christl and former football player and coach Eric Baranczyk offer their weekly post-game analysis (http://pck.rs/UD83R6). They aren't overly concerned that the Packers' defense allowed the Vikings' Adrian Peterson to rush for 210 yards. Christl and Baranczyk offer two reasons:

No. 1, while coaches still emphasize it, itís no longer imperative to have a staunch run defense to win the Super Bowl. With the start of interleague play in 1970, 30 of 36 Super Bowl winners through the 2005 season ranked in the top 10 in rushing defense and 22 of those 30 ranked in the top five. Over the last six seasons, four of the Super Bowl winners ranked in the bottom half in rushing defense, including the last three: New Orleans (21st), the Packers (18th) and the Giants (19th). In 2006, Indianapolis ranked last and won it all.:

No. 2, the Packersí defensive effort was much better against Minnesota than against the Giants. Peterson gained 153 of his yards on three runs. On the other 18, he gained 57 yards, a mere 3.2 average.

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Check out Press-Gazette photographer Evan Siegle's blog following the Packers-Vikings game: http://pck.rs/TCSf19

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