Packers notes: Another major shuffle in store for offensive line?
GREEN BAY - Offensive lineman Justin McCray (ankle) is questionable for the Green Bay Packers' game Sunday against the Chicago Bears, leaving open the possibility of another mass reshuffle in front of quarterback Brett Hundley.
McCray injured his ankle in the closing seconds of Monday’s loss to the Lions. He limped off the field under his own power and practiced with a heavy tape job on his right foot during the week. By Friday, McCray said he was feeling “pretty good."
If McCray can play, he will replace Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. The other four positions on the line would be the same, with David Bakhtiari at left tackle, Lane Taylor at left guard, Corey Linsley at center and Jahri Evans at right guard.
“I thought he did some good things yesterday at practice,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “(Friday) is built into the week, really, to get through these types of situations and give the guys a chance to recover. (Saturday’s) practice will be important for him. He’s focused on playing and, knowing Justin, I’m sure he’ll do everything he can to be out there.”
If McCray can’t play, things will get a little weird. One option the Packers could consider is moving Taylor to right tackle, given his success filling in for Bakhtiari earlier this year. In that situation Lucas Patrick likely would slide in at left guard to fill Taylor’s spot.
“It definitely would be a little different than playing on the same side,” Taylor said of potentially playing right tackle. “But if I had to — hopefully not, I don’t want anyone else to get injured — but if I had to, I would.”
Inside linebacker Joe Thomas (ankle) and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back) are also listed as questionable. Brooks said earlier in the week that he plans to play Sunday against the Bears.
Safety Morgan Burnett (groin) and defensive tackle Quinton Dial (chest) were ruled out and will not play.
Check, please: Defensive end Mike Daniels was fined $9,115 for his headbutt of Travis Swanson in Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Daniels was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, and afterward McCarthy called it a “bonehead” penalty.