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Barclay Could Become Starter


GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Rookie tackle Don Barclay might have earned a starting job on the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line for the rest of the season. But we won’t know for sure until T-J Lang returns from an ankle injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s home victory over Minnesota.

Lang moved to the right tackle spot after Bryan Bulaga went out for the year with a hip injury – and Evan Dietrich-Smith took Lang’s normal spot at left guard. But Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy said Barclay played well enough against the Vikings to at least consider giving him the right tackle job. That would move Lang back to his original spot – as soon as he can return from his injury.

McCarthy is not sure yet whether Lang will be recovered enough to return on Sunday night, when the Packers host Detroit. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements says the decision to use Barclay instead of Dietrich-Smith on the line won’t be made until Lang returns. Dietrich-Smith has been inconsistent in three starts. Last Sunday against Minnesota, he had a false start and a holding penalty.

The Packer players are off today, and they’ll start practicing for the Lions’ game tomorrow.