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Dietrich-Smith frustrated by new injury to ankle

Dec. 4, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith had another injury setback at practice on Wednesday when he twisted an ankle after stepping on someone’s foot during team drills.

It was a little surprising that Dietrich-Smith was able to practice at all after injuring a knee late in the first half against the Detroit Lions on Thursday and missing the rest of the game.

He wouldn’t speculate on whether the ankle injury will keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

“It sucks,” said Dietrich-Smith of his latest injury. “But (expletive) happens.”

Dietrich-Smith, who wore a brace on his knee, said that injury was not giving him any problems.

“It responded really well to the break,” he said. “I was feeling really good up until I rolled my ankle. So I’m just trying to do as much as I can to make sure I can get ready for Sunday.”

Dietrich-Smith couldn’t hide his frustration over suffering another injury.

“I guess the most frustrating part is just doing anything,” he said. “You’re getting right back to where you’re feeling like close to 100 (percent), and it’s just one thing after another. But I can’t let it get (me) down. Football’s football. You’re going to get hurt. You’ve just got to make sure you go out there and play and be good.”

The Packers were forced to switch T.J. Lang from right guard to center to replace Dietrich-Smith, and Marshall Newhouse and Lane Taylor split time at right guard for Lang.

The shuffling along the line didn’t help the Packers in their poor offensive performance in a 40-10 loss to Detroit.

“The five guys that we have up front, we’ve got pretty good chemistry and when you’ve got to shuffle everything around, it makes it a little more difficult,” Dietrich-Smith said.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of Dietrich-Smith's ankle injury: "We'll see how he is in the morning."

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