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Sitton sits with back tightness; sees big things for line

Jun 03, 2014 -- 10:26pm
 
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Packers guard Josh Sitton has been monitoring his troublesome back for nearly a decade.
 

GREEN BAY – Josh Sitton landed on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report a few times last year and missed a handful of practices because of back problems, and it was his back that kept him out of Tuesday’s open organized team activity practice at Ray Nitschke Field.

It turns out the Packers all-pro left guard has been dealing with back pain dating back to at least his college days at Central Florida.

“It’s been bothering me for 10 years or so,” Sitton revealed after practice Tuesday. “It flares up here and there, and we just have to be careful with it. There’s no point in screwing it up even more at this point in the year.”

Sitton, who entered the league as a fourth-round pick in 2008, said his back has been tight “for a little bit” but he was participating last Thursday, during the first OTA open to the public and media. With Sitton sidelined, third-year man Don Barclay worked at left guard with the starting offensive line. If the current starting five – David Bakhtiari, Sitton, JC Tretter, T.J. Lang and Bryan Bulaga – can stay healthy, Sitton believes this line group has the makings of one of the league’s best.

“If we can stay healthy as an offensive line, I think this can be the best offensive line we've had in awhile, probably ever since I've been here,” Sitton said. “We've just got to stay healthy."

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