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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Injury report: Hayward shut down again

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Casey Hayward's return from a second hamstring injury lasted three games.

Who knows when the Green Bay Packers cornerback will return from the third one?

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Last year’s NFL rookie interception leader first pulled his hamstring on the eve of training camp and missed most of the summer practices. He returned for the Aug. 23 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, only to pull it again and miss the first six regular-season games.

The latest setback came in Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Hayward will be lost for “multiple weeks.” It’s possible he could be shut down for the season if the Packers need a roster spot any time soon.

“It was obviously a very significant injury when he did it the first time, and then he did it again in the preseason,” McCarthy said. “To lose a whole year I know is frustrating for him.”

Perhaps more pressing, though, for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants, is the offensive line situation.

Right tackle Don Barclay missed practice for the second straight day because of the knee injury he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Eagles. On Wednesday, the Packers were waiting for a knee brace to arrive for Barclay so he could practice. On Thursday, he did not make enough progress to get out of the rehabilitation group.

“He didn’t probably feel as good today as we had hoped,” McCarthy said Thursday. “So we’ll see how he is tomorrow. I’m going to give him a chance, the full week to try and give it a go.”

Marshall Newhouse, who allowed a drive-killing fourth-quarter sack against the Eagles, likely would start at right tackle if Barclay can’t play. However, Derek Sherrod might be an option. He hasn’t played in 23 months since he broke his right leg, but was activated off the physically unable to perform list last week. It might be too much to ask Sherrod to play a full game, but perhaps he could be in line to take a couple of series.

T.J. Lang was able to move back to right guard thanks to the return of center Evan Dietrich-Smith, whose knee injury against the Eagles forced Lang to play center for the first time.

Here’s the full injury report: