Jordy Nelson's injury not the only concern for Packers' offense

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers might have more than just a Jordy Nelson problem on offense. Their backup left tackle, Don Barclay, struggled in place of injured starter David Bakhtiari, who missed Sunday's game at Pittsburgh because of a knee injury.

While Nelson's knee injury, likely a season-ending ACL tear, got most of the attention, the Packers have a decision to make if Bakhtiari's absence continues. Barclay, who started 18 regular-season games at right tackle before he tore his ACL last August, looks like he has a ways to go before he’s back to his pre-injury form.

In a 49-snap stint -- the most by any Packers player on offense -- Barclay allowed two sacks, including the first-quarter safety of Aaron Rodgers, and also was flagged for holding. He got most of his work at left tackle, his first NFL game action at that spot, but finished the game at right tackle.

"Don's going to be more of a right tackle and a backup guard for us and a guy we can really count on," Rodgers said after the game. "He's played a lot of snaps for us over the years. He's started a playoff game. He's a guy we can count on. We have a lot of confidence in Donnie. This is just his progression back into feeling comfortable. I know coming back from an ACL, it takes a while to really feel comfortable. He's still wearing a brace. I couldn't mentally. I had to take my brace off five months into it because I just didn't feel comfortable with that on. He's still working through that."

Said Barclay after the game: "It's tough. Whenever you're injured it's always tough, especially missing the whole season. You always want to be there and contribute for your teammates. It's just something you have to battle through. It's a bump in the road. You just have to get back individually."

Here are the offensive snap counts in the Packers' 24-19 loss to the Steelers:

Total offensive plays (61)


Notes: Coach Mike McCarthy pulled Rodgers after the safety. He banged his right hand on the play but said he could have continued. Tolzien was 11-of-19 for 102 yards and a touchdown before he sustained a possible concussion in the third quarter. Hundley and Blanchard didn't have much of a chance because of shoddy pass protection. Hundley was sacked twice in seven drop backs and Blanchard once in four drop backs.

Offensive line

Notes: Lang left with a possible concussion. Walker, who had previously played only right guard and right tackle, split his time between right and left tackle, replacing Barclay on the left side for one series in the third quarter. He could be an option at left tackle if Bakhtiari remains sidelined.


Notes: Janis worked with the No. 1 offense after Nelson's knee injury and caught three passes for 25 yards. He was targeted seven times and could have had at least one more catch but failed to get both feet in bounds on a catch that replay overturned. Montgomery did not have a single pass thrown his way.

Running backs

Notes: Lacy has 11 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown in the two preseason games combined. Harris was the third halfback after Lacy and Starks but didn't help his cause by dropping two passes.

Tight ends

Notes: Rodgers caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien late in the second quarter and also showed his improved blocking by springing Lacy for a 9-yard run. Quarless caught the only ball thrown his way for a 17-yard reception.