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Barclay Out, Back Ups Step In

GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Derek Sherrod and Lane Taylor both say they're ready to step up as the prime back-ups on the Green Bay Packers' offensive line.  That's after coach Mike McCarthy confirmed yesterday that Don Barclay tore an A-C-L ligament in his right knee at Tuesday's practice.

 He's most likely out for the season, after filling in for the injured Bryan Bulaga since late in 2012.  

Bulaga's back, but the Packers will certainly need key reserves when any of their five starting linemen get hurt.  Barclay was ready to be the main backup at the four guard and tackle slots.

 Sherrod, a first-round draft choice in 2011, has not played much since he broke his leg in December of his rookie year at Kansas City.  He and Taylor only combined for 20 snaps last season, during Taylor's first year as an undrafted acquisition by the Pack.

 Meanwhile, outside linebacker Clay Matthews says he'll be ready to start in Saturday night's exhibition opener at Tennessee.  Matthews said yesterday he felt good about his surgically-repaired thumb -- even though it's still not at 100-percent yet.