Right guard T.J. Lang has been battling a back injury but was ready to practice this morning. Coach Mike McCarthy had other ideas.
“I got treatment this morning, I was ready to put my cleats on and go out there and practice and I saw coach in the cafeteria,” explained Lang. “He told me he doesn’t want me going through what I did last year with the elbow injury, just beating it up day after day, making sure I’m resting the thing before I get back out. I wanted to fight it a little bit but it’s hard to argue with his decision. And I appreciate the fact he’s looking out for my health making sure I’m ready to go before I do anything worse.”
Lang injured his back at practice last Wednesday.
“It was in one of the run blocking drills,” said Lang. “Kind of took a pretty violent shot to the back, kind of got rolled up on, extended the wrong way. We did a lot of tests: X-rays, MRIs, (but it’s) nothing serious.”
Lang played in the first series of the preseason opener Friday night with the No. 1 offense and said he felt fine. But once he came out of the game his back started to stiffen up on him.
So McCarthy doesn’t want to rush Lang back too quickly and decided to hold him out of the Packers’ closed practice today, which was conducted in shorts.
“We’re just being precautionary,” said McCarthy.
“He was dressed for practice. We’ll probably take the same approach again tomorrow.”
Lang has no doubt he would be practicing if this was the regular season.
“I feel a lot better than I did the last couple days,” said Lang. “I had Saturday and Sunday to take a lot of time to rehab. It really helped.
“To me if this were the regular season I’d be out there with my teammates.”
Lang said if he continues to feel better he could be back for tomorrow's 11:15 a.m. practice at Nitschke Field. "If not tomorrow I’ll definitely be out there Wednesday," said Lang.