this Jan. 1, 2012, photo, Green Bay Packers' Matt Flynn
scrambles during an NFL football game against the Detroit
Lions in Green Bay, Wis. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers
hurt, Flynn will back up one-time practice squad player
Scott Tolzien, who replaced Seneca Wallace in the 27-13 loss
Sunday, Nov. 10, to the Eagles.
GREEN BAY - For
the first time since the strike-interrupted season in 1987, the
Green Bay Packers are getting ready to work on their third
starting quarterback in three straight games.
The Packers also
might have a reshuffled offensive line protecting first-time NFL
starter Scott Tolzien against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Green Bay to not only turn to Tolzien as the latest replacement
for Aaron Rodgers, but also resulted in significant changes on the
At the end of
Sunday's 27-13 loss to Philadelphia, the Packers had different
players at three of the five line positions from how they started
But the outlook
for the matchup with the Giants is somewhat encouraging as Green
Bay (5-4) looks to end a two-game losing streak.
fine," center Evan Dietrich-Smith said Friday. "It's a
lot of cross-training (with the linemen). We've all been playing
different spots for a long time. Everybody's kind of got to step
up and switch around, but it's nothing new."
Right tackle Don
Barclay didn't practice this week after injuring his knee against
the Eagles and is questionable for Sunday.
who also left the last game with a knee injury, was held out of
practice Friday but is probable.
McCarthy indicated the day off for Dietrich-Smith was planned
after he practiced on a limited basis the previous two days.
workload yesterday, we felt it was best to shut him down
today," McCarthy said. "I feel confident about what he's
been able to accomplish on Wednesday and Thursday, but it was in
his best interest not to practice today."
appreciated the extra time to stay off his feet in his recovery
from the injury that knocked him out in the second quarter against
has a say, he will be in the starting lineup against the Giants.
all week has been try to get to Sunday, get healed up for
Sunday," Dietrich-Smith said. "I didn't do much this
week, but mentally I've been on it. I've been feeling better every
day, so I have a good feeling I'll be out there."
And despite not
practicing much this week, Dietrich-Smith is confident he and
Tolzien will be in sync as the Packers transition to yet another
starting quarterback with Rodgers (broken collarbone) listed as
out for a second straight game.
taking reps and stuff like that," Dietrich-Smith said.
"It's just that everybody else kind of had to fill in for me
this week. But we've been taking reps. It's not like I haven't
done anything with the guy (Tolzien). I've been working with him
third-year pro who was promoted from Green Bay's practice squad
last week, took over at quarterback in the last game after Seneca
Wallace injured his groin in the Packers' first series.
As the game went
on, Tolzien had to run the offense amid a series of changes on the
Right guard T.J.
Lang moved to center after Dietrich-Smith left, Barclay slid
inside to right guard, and Marshall Newhouse went in at right
limped off while blocking on a Packers field goal early in the
fourth quarter, undrafted rookie Lane Taylor — the only
remaining lineman on the bench — had to go in at right guard.
ideal when anyone gets an injury, obviously," offensive line
coach James Campen said this week.
obviously prefer to stay with the same guys. It's shuffling, but
they just move and slide over and bump over and progress on."
McCarthy said he
would "have no problem playing Don" even after Barclay
didn't have any practice time this week.
getting better," McCarthy said. "We'll see if he'll be
available. We've got Marshall ready to play, he took the reps this
week, but Don will be close."