GREEN BAY—There’s no time for transition in the Green Bay Packers’ locker room. There never is.
Upon learning Monday that yet another starter, this time right tackle
“We can’t let this affect us,” said offensive lineman
That approach becomes the norm when you’re as accustomed to dealing with injuries as the Packers. Bulaga (hip) is the fourth starter – fifth if you count running back
With regard to Bulaga’s absence, the biggest adjustment falls on Lang, a starter at left guard the past two seasons who started games at both tackle spots as a rookie in 2009 and has been viewed as a valuable swing player ever since.
“It was difficult my first couple years in the league when I was forced to do it,” Lang said of changing positions. “Now, I think I have enough experience that when things do happen like that, you have to be ready for it, adjust quick and move on.
“The biggest thing is switching your feet up, getting your technique right, and that just comes with time. I’m looking forward to having the whole week practicing out there and getting better at that technical stuff.”
When Bulaga left in the first half of the Arizona game two Sundays ago, the offensive line didn’t skip a beat. The Packers went on to rush for 176 yards against the Cardinals, the running game’s best total in three years, and quarterback
“Out of any team, we know how to handle this,” right guard
If they don’t, how they would adjust and line up isn’t entirely clear. The next two active linemen are undrafted rookies
Also, second-year tackle
The other position whose depth is being tested is outside linebacker. The status of
Zombo and So’oto haven’t played for the Packers yet this season, though, and the inside linebacker position is awfully thin as well, making any change involving Lattimore or Jones, who is starting inside, probably a last resort.
That throws a bright spotlight on Moses, who has played throughout the season in variations of the dime sub-package and has one sack to his credit.
“It’s not time to be dumbfounded or too excited or overwhelmed by the situation,” Moses said, echoing the words of the many Green Bay backups thrust into more prominent roles this season. “It’s just time to hunker down and make plays.”Additional coverage - Nov. 12