Green Bay - Rookie Don Barclay will be the starting right tackle if T.J. Lang (ankle) can't play this week, but there's also a chance Barclay could play right tackle regardless of Lang's status.
Coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Monday that Barclay played well enough in Lang's absence to warrant consideration for the right tackle job. By playing him there, it would allow McCarthy to move Lang back to the position he plays best, left guard.
"Don Barclay, I thought he did a nice job," McCarthy said Monday. "It's pretty much what I thought last night when I left here. He went into the game, we tried to protect him a little bit there in the 2-minute drive. Then really at halftime we made some protection adjustments - not really adjustments - which way we were going to lean on in the second half.
"I thought in the run game he was physical, that’s a trait that we really like in Don. I thought the pass protection, a lot of his things were technical. I thought he did a solid job. When a rookie comes in for his first time in game action and you’re able to keep playing throughout your gameplan, I think that’s a big credit to him."
If Lang can play against Detroit Sunday, McCarhty has to decide whether its better to have Barclay at right tackle or Evan Dietrich-Smith at left guard.
When asked last week why weaken two positions by moving Lang to right tackle in place of injured Bryan Bulaga and inserting Dietrich-Smith at left guard, McCarthy didn't see that as a logical assumption. He said he was trying to put his five best linemen on the field.
Now, he appears to be considering Barclay one of the top five or is acknowledging he could get more out of Lang at left guard and only have to offer help on the right side. Of course, LT Marshall Newhouse's recent hiccups against top pass rushers Jared Allen and Osi Umenyiora mean help might need to be spread around.
"Obviously you’re always evaluating every position," McCarthy said. "And in Don’s case, we are looking at him at right tackle. I don’t really know what T.J.’s case is going to be. That’s one of the individuals where we’re still gathering information.
"I don’t have a feel if T.J.’s going to be ready for this week. (We're) probably getting a little ahead of ourselves (with considering Barclay). That’s probably a question better asked on Wednesday."