Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Lang wanted to practice, but McCarthy wouldn't let him

Aug. 12, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers guard T. J. Lang stretches during training camp practice on July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field.
Green Bay Packers guard T. J. Lang stretches during training camp practice on July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

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 doesnt want me going through what I did last year with the elbow injury, just beating it up day after day, making sure Im resting the thing before I get back out. I wanted to fight it a little bit but its hard to argue with his decision. And I appreciate the fact hes looking out for my health making sure Im 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 its) 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 doesnt want to rush Lang back too quickly and decided to hold him out of the Packers closed practice today, which was conducted in shorts.

Were just being precautionary, said McCarthy.
He was dressed for practice. Well 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 Id 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 Ill definitely be out there Wednesday," said Lang.

About this blog

Get Green Bay Packers updates as they happen from our reporting team: (from left) Mike Vandermause, Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
574 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1015 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports