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Josh Sitton thinks he can play with torn ligament in big toe

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's a good thing Josh Sitton is an offensive lineman. Otherwise the torn ligament he sustained in his left big toe might have been a season-ender.

Instead, the Green Bay Packers' All-Pro left guard is holding out hope he can play Sunday against the Chicago Bears despite what coach Mike McCarthy described as "a big injury."

"The injury is something that if it was more severe, the specialist I saw -- well, I didn't see him, but he saw my scan -- he said they've had to do surgery on it but not typically with offensive linemen," Sitton said Wednesday. "So we feel fine that I'll be able to go the rest of the season."

But Sitton was unable to practice on Wednesday, the Packers' first full session since returning from their bye last week. He said the injury happened in the third quarter of the Oct. 26 game against the New Orleans Saints, but he finished the game. He blamed the injury in part on the Superdome turf and although he did not call the injury turf toe, the definition of turf toe is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe.

There are still two issues for Sitton to work through before he can return: the pain and the risk of further injury. He said he planned to meet with team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie on Thursday to discuss the risk and what he can do to make it more tolerable.

He said he tried something in his shoe on Wednesday and will further experiment with orthotics later in the week.

If he needs a pain-killing injection to play, that's unlikely to happen.

"I've never done that here," Sitton said. "I feel like it's not even an option with Doc."

Complicating matters is fellow starting guard T.J. Lang's ankle injury. Like Sitton, he was unable to practice on Wednesday. Lang was injured while blocking during an extra point on the Packers' first series against the Saints and did not finish the game. He said his foot caught in the turf.

"Josh and I are pretty much on the same schedule, just doing the best we can to get healthy," Lang said Wednesday. "Just take it day by day, see how we're feeling tomorrow, maybe do a few things tomorrow. Just kind of take it from there."

The Packers' backup situation at guard is this: If both Lang and Sitton are out, the Packers would start Lane Taylor and JC Tretter. However, if only one of the two misses Sunday's game, McCarthy would have to decide whether to go with Taylor, who filled in for Lang against the Saints, or Tretter, who has never played in an NFL regular-season and was activated off the temporary injured reserve list on Monday.

Tretter was on track to be the starting center until he sustained a knee injury in the third preseason game.

"Hopefully we'll get more information on T.J. and Josh tomorrow," McCarthy said after Wednesday's practice. "But we'll prepare everybody else and all the different combinations throughout the week."