Everyone was quick to point out that the reason the Green Bay Packers were defeated by the Chicago Bears on Monday night was because superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers was lost after the first series and backup signal caller Seneca Wallace was lost while under center. However, there is another clear reason why the Packers were in trouble then and could be on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles if they do not get a key member back.
Right guard T.J. Lang was knocked out of Monday’s contest due to a concussion. There was a reason Wallace was constantly swarming for his life and that reason is Marshall Newhouse, who stepped in at right tackle after Green Bay moved starter Don Barclay to right guard.
The former left tackle turned bench warmer turned guy in a very difficult position in Week 10 got manhandled against Chicago’s pass rush. Newhouse never allowed Wallace enough time to survey the field, and when he did, the veteran quarterback missed the throw nine times out of 10.
Many believe there is no way Lang will be able to suit up against the Eagles, especially since he suffered the concussion on a short week. However, Green Bay’s coaching staff was not happy at all with Newhouse’s performance. That means they are doing everything possible to get Lang to a point where he can protect Wallace’s right side.
The fact that Lang was spotted in practice on Friday certainly bodes well for his chances. However, the only way the Packers allow him to step on the gridiron on Sunday is if he is 100 percent healthy. Otherwise, the team will have to hope Newhouse can bounce back.