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Lang hopes to play week after suffering third concussion

Nov. 8, 2013
 

The Green Bay Packers will be without their MVP quarterback this Sunday against Philadelphia, but there’s a chance their starting offensive line could remain intact.

That possibility didn’t look promising after right guard T.J. Lang exited at halftime of Monday’s 27-20 loss to Chicago with a concussion, forcing him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

By Friday, however, Lang passed his protocol from what he said was his third concussion, returning to the practice field in a limited capacity. He’s questionable to play against the Eagles, though Packers Mike McCarthy sounded more optimistic than his designation would indicate.

“It looks good. We’ll visit with him (on Saturday),” McCarthy said. “I don’t take any chances when it comes to those types of things. He felt all along that he was going to be ready to play, but we’ll check him again in the morning.”

Starting right tackle Don Barclay moved to Lang’s post after halftime with fourth-year veteran Marshall Newhouse playing the final 28 offensive snaps at right tackle.

In his first full-time action of the season, Newhouse allowed a sack to Shea McClellin on third-and-3 with 10:19 left in the fourth quarterback and Packers trailing 24-20.

Lang said he didn’t really remember when it occurred, attributing to “kind of a buildup of a couple things.”

He does remember taking a few shots early in the first quarter after trying to tackle Bears defensive lineman Julius Peppers following his interception of Packers backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.

“(I) could tell something wasn’t feeling right. Then halftime was kind of just drained a little bit energy wise,” Lang said. “Decided it was probably best to stay in but it’s something that all of mine have kind of been the same. Just kind of things building up one after another, not anything just one impact shot , it’s always just kind of fall off a little bit. I’ve recovered fine in the past. Hopefully I’ll do the same thing.”

Newhouse has ample experience – he was the Packers’ starting left tackle for more than 1,200 snaps last year – but the interior of left guard Josh Sitton, center Evan Dietrich-Smith and Lang have paved the way for one of the league’s second-ranked run offense behind Eddie Lacy.

The ability to keep him on the field Sunday would certainly provide a jolt for a Packers’ offense already getting used to playing without Aaron Rodgers.

“I do, but ultimately it’s not my decision,” Lang said. “The protocol now with the NFL and concussions, it’s definitely a serious topic. You’ve got to do a lot of testing and different things before you get back on the field and I’m still working through that process.

“It’s just something, got a couple more days, hopefully tomorrow I’ll come in and feel even better and probably make a decision then.”

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