Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  By PAUL IMIG  |  Last updated 11/15/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The entire week went by without Green BayPackers starting right tackle Don Barclay taking a single snap in practice because of a knee injury. Butdont count the second-year undrafted offensive lineman out from Sundayafternoons game against the New York Giants just yet.Don is getting better, coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. Ihad a chance to talk to Don Barclay earlier, the improvement each daythroughout the week. Well see if hell be available. Don will be close.McCarthys hope earlier in the week was that a brace wouldhave allowed Barclay to be practicing by Thursday, but that never happened.Barclay is officially listed as questionable, but McCarthy wont hesitate tostart him Sunday even without any practice time.Hes very conscientious, McCarthy said. Hes on top ofit. Hes here around the clock trying to get healthy. He hasnt missed ameeting, hes in the walkthroughs in the gymnasium, and so forth. So, yeah, Idhave no problem playing Don.If Barclay is not ready to play, Marshall Newhouse would startin his place. Newhouse played 43 snaps at right tackle in last weekends lossto the Philadelphia Eagles, first entering the game when starting center EvanDietrich-Smith suffered a knee injury, which shifted Barclay to right guard.Ive always viewed Marshall Newhouse as a starter, nodifferent today than in training camp coming out, McCarthy said. When DonBarclay won the job, Ive always felt Marshall was deserving of being a starteras far as his level of play, so we wont change anything.Barclay would not start at right guard against New Yorkbecause Dietrich-Smiths knee injury wasnt as bad as it originally looked whenhe hobbled off the field. That means T.J. Lang can stick to his regularposition at right guard and wont be needed at center. Dietrich-Smith was alimited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, but he sat out Friday.Hes listed as probable.Just his workload yesterday, we felt it was best to shuthim down today, McCarthy said of Dietrich-Smith. I feel confident about whathes been able to accomplish (this week), but it was in his best interest notto practice today (Friday).The Packers will have undrafted-rookie interior offensivelineman Lane Taylor to use, if necessary, and its possible that Derek Sherrodwill be on the 46-man game-day roster for the first time since December 2011.Sherrod was added to the active roster last week but was not one of the 46players made available for the Eagles game.More importantly, but not at all surprisingly, quarterback AaronRodgers will miss his second consecutive start as he recovers from a brokenleft collarbone.Hes on top of every inch of his rehab, McCarthy said ofRodgers. He feels better. Hes definitely made a big improvement from lastweek to this week, but I dont have a plan (as to when hell return).On defense, Green Bay will be without cornerback CaseyHayward, who reinjured his hamstring Sunday. The Packers will also likely nothave outside linebacker Nick Perry, who had just recovered from a broken bonein his foot when he injured his ankle in the last game. Perry is listed asdoubtful.Two other outside linebackers, Mike Neal (probable) and AndyMulumba (questionable), have made that a position group of concern. ClayMatthews (probable) will definitely play, but this time with a smaller castinstead of the giant club he wore in the Eagles game.Cornerback Sam Shields didnt practice Friday, but hesprobable and will likely play.I sure hope so, yeah, defensive coordinator Dom Caperssaid when asked if he expects Shields to be ready. I think Sams played verygood football for us. He did a nice job with the physical part, the tackling,last week. Theres times where hes matched up on very good receivers and donea really nice job for us. I hope hes ready to go.Defensive linemen Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett are bothprobable. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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