Shoulder surgery finally a reality for Packers guard T.J. Lang

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- T.J. Lang had one of the best seasons of his seven-year NFL career in 2015 while playing with two bad shoulders.

The Green Bay Packers right guard will have one of those shoulders repaired this week.

Lang told ESPN.com that he is scheduled for surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday.

At this point, it’s unknown whether he will also have surgery on his left shoulder.

Lang said late in the season that he was facing the prospect of having surgery on both shoulders, something he had been putting off for several offseasons. He missed only one game this past season and only two since he became a starter in 2011. He said he has dealt with a sore left shoulder for several seasons, but the right one become a problem within the last year.

“When the time comes, I’m always like let’s put it off until next year,” Lang said last month. “That offseason, you don’t want to miss six months of training or lifting and then come back out of shape. It’s a job security thing.”

Despite playing hurt in 2015, Lang matched his career-best with only two sacks allowed.

Lang said he has had only one previous surgery during his NFL career. It came after his rookie season of 2009 when he injured his wrist.

The 28-year-old Lang is entering the final season of a four-year, $22 million contract. As long as he’s healthy and maintains his level of play, he should be in line for at least one more sizable contract.

“I don’t want to look too far ahead, but I don’t want to be playing next year with more pain than what I have right now,” Lang said late in the season. “Obviously, that’s a business decision.”