McCarthy: Walden Expected to Start, Sitton out, Bishop and Hawk Unknown
“I have every anticipation for Erik to start,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
McCarthy also said RG Josh Sitton will sit out Sunday’s game with a knee injury. Linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop did not practice and will be evaluated on Friday.
Evan Dietrich-Smith took the first-team snaps at RG in place of Sitton.
McCarthy previously targeted the Giants game for LT Chad Clifton’s return. However, Clifton is now dealing with a back injury in addition to his hamstring and will not play Sunday.
What it Means
The Walden situation is not as black and white as it originally appeared, so the decision to let him play is no surprise.
Losing Sitton stinks. Hopefully it’s only for a game or two. That’s two pro-bowl caliber players from the offensive line on the sideline. Sitton wasn’t having a standout season, so hopefully this time off gets him healthy and he returns to his old self.
If Hawk doesn’t play Sunday, I’m confident that D.J. Smith will hold up. If Bishop is also out, the Packers already suspect tackling could become even worse.
McCarthy also had several good things to say about Marshall Newhouse during Wednesday’s news conference. The Packers should take their time with Clifton. The way Newhouse is playing, there’s no need to rush Clifton back and risk another injury.——————