The Green Bay Packers got a scare Tuesday when offensive lineman Don Barclay was carted off the field with a knee injury he sustained during practice.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Coach Mike McCarthy Said Barclay Was Caught in a ‘Bad Position’
According to the Packers’ website, coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after practice that Barclay was caught in a “bad position” and had to be carted off.
Here’s how McCarthy described the injury:
Don Barclay suffered a knee injury. It was in a blitz drill. He got himself in a bad position. He’s being evaluated. We’ll know more probably tonight. We’ll wait to see what we’re dealing with. They don’t come any better than him. I just hope it’s not serious.
2. Barclay Started 14 Games Last Year at Right Tackle
Barclay, entering his third season, started 14 games last season at right tackle, making him a key component of one of the league’s best offenses.
He played in all 16 games and started four of them as a rookie in 2012.
3. He Suffered the Injury During a Blitz Drill
According to the Packers website:
Barclay was pass-blocking against undrafted rookie linebacker Adrian Hubbard when Barclay suddenly went to the ground and began clutching his right knee. He was eventually carted from the field.
4. Barclay’s Status Is Uncertain for Saturday’s Preseason Opener
McCarthy said Barclay is being evaluated and the team will know more tonight about his status.
The Packers open their preseason schedule Saturday night at Tennessee and open their regular season schedule September 4 at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.
5. Derek Sherrod Is Behind Barclay on the Depth Chart
McCarthy told reporters that if Barclay is out for an extended period of time, fourth-year tackle Derek Sherrod would be his likely replacement.
Sherrod, the team’s first-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2011, spent most of last season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and has played in just 12 games over the past three years.