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Dietrich-Smith practices, boosting beleaguered offensive line

Nov. 13, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, right, works with quarterback Scott Tolzien during practice at the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, right, works with quarterback Scott Tolzien during practice at the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers' injury-depleted offensive line received a boost when center Evan Dietrich-Smith was able to practice on Wednesday.

Dietrich-Smith hurt a knee during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and was forced out of the game. The Packers had to scramble on the line and put right guard T.J. Lang at center.

The line's injuries became more pronounced when tackle-guard Don Barclay hurt a knee in the fourth quarter and couldn't return. Barclay was at practice on Wednesday but wasn't wearing a helmet or participating in drills during the early part of practice.

In other practice news from inside the Don Hutson Center:

♦ Linebacker Clay Matthews wasn't wearing a protective club on his right hand. He returned from a broken thumb on Sunday but was limited against the Eagles because of the club. He was wearing a splint on Wednesday and was on the sidelines for the early portion of practice.

♦ Defensive end Jerel Worthy and safety Sean Richardson, both on the physically unable to perform list, practiced for the first time. The Packers have a week to decide whether to activate, release or place them on injured reserve. Rookie tackle J.C. Tretter, the other PUP player, didn't practice and is expected to be placed on injured reserve.

♦ Not practicing were quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, linebacker Nick Perry, cornerback Casey Hayward and Barclay. Linebacker Mike Neal was dressed but was observing practice from the sideline early on.

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