T.J. Lang, who had missed just two starts in his first five seasons as a starter, has missed most of the last four games with a broken foot, he revealed on Wednesday.
“I guess I should have been drinking more milk,” Lang said.
Lang was injured during the first quarter of the Week 10 game at Tennessee and has missed the past three games. He returned to practice on Wednesday and was listed as limited participation. He went through some individual drills during the portion of practice that reporters were allowed to watch. He said playing on Sunday against Seattle was “maybe ... a possibility,” depending on the workload he’s able to take on Thursday. His return, however, more likely is a week away.
“We’re still in the process of feeling things out, testing it,” Lang said. “Did some running last week, did a little bit more Monday, was able to get on the practice field today and run a little bit, although it was in a limited fashion. Everything I’m doing right now is just kind of feeling my way through and just kind of testing the water a little bit to see where the progress is. Everything I’ve been doing has actually been feeling pretty good. I’ve been working with a couple different tape jobs and orthotics, everything I possibly can to take some stress off my foot, so I’m pretty happy with the way it’s healing. It’s been almost four weeks now. The original timeline was a little bit longer than that to heal, but I’m getting pretty sick of sitting around watching everything going on. So I’ve been having my good share of arguments with the trainers and Doc about trying to do a little bit more.”
Lang described it as a freak injury. “I just kind of got rolled up,” he said. That’s not unusual for linemen, who frequently get caught in the mass of humanity at the point of attack. He figured it was a sprained ankle until he realized the pain was in his foot, not his ankle.
The injury has led to an odd few weeks for the affable and typically durable Lang. The Packers’ next game was at Washington. For the first time in his career, he didn’t travel for a regular-season game.
“It was a lot of emotions that day,” he said. “Texting with some of the guys, getting ready to get on the bus from the hotel to go over to the stadium, it was very depressing.”
For road games, Lang said his wife usually watches it with friends and neighbors. So, for that game, he joined them.
For a quarter.
“That’s all I could take because I really had to go home and watch it by myself,” Lang said. “Bought a case of beer and tried to work the anxiety away.”
He also stayed home for the win at Philadelphia.
“That was tough to watch, too. Bittersweet, I guess,” Lang said. “Obviously, super-happy and proud of the guys going out and getting the job done, but also the competitor in me feels I want to be out there. (I) feel like I’m letting the guys down a little bit. You can’t help but feel that when you’re injured. This past week (against Houston), a little bit better because I actually got to be there on the sideline, talk with the guys and help them out a little bit during the game.”
Lang’s hopes for playing this week sounded more like wishful thinking. More likely than not, this week is about getting ready for next week.
“Yeah, this would be a good week to play. Big game, obviously,” Lang said. “Just see where I am tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll have some soreness. Try to work through it, see how it feels, do my best to negotiate it. I’ve been feeling the past couple weeks with the trainers and with Doc about doing a little bit more. Maybe I can finally wear them out.”
|Kyler Fackrell, LB||Hamstring||DNP|
|Letroy Guion, DT||Shoulder||Limited|
|LaDarius Gunter, CB||Illness||DNP|
|T.J. Lang, G||Foot||Limited|
|Blake Martinez, LB||Knee||Limited|
|Clay Matthews, LB||Shoulder||DNP|
|Julius Peppers, LB||Not Injury Related||DNP|
|Nick Perry, LB||Hand||DNP|
|Damarious Randall, CB||Groin||Limited|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB||Hamstring||Limited|
|Jake Ryan, LB||Ankle||Limited|
|JC Tretter, C/G||Knee||Limited|
|Michael Bennett, DE||Knee||Full|
|Brock Coyle, LB||Foot||Limited|
|Jimmy Graham, TE||Not Injury Related||DNP|
|Damontre Moore, DE||Foot||DNP|
|Mike Morgan, LB||Hip||DNP|
|C.J. Prosise, RB||Shoulder||DNP|
|Paul Richardson, WR||Hamstring||Limited|
|Ahtyba Rubin, DT||Not Injury Related||DNP|
|Will Tukuafu, FB||Concussion||DNP|
|Brandon Williams, TE||Knee||Limited|
|Luke Willson, TE||Knee||Full|