Packers hope Sitton can play, help protect Rodgers vs. Chiefs

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All Josh Sitton could do was watch.

Green Bay's injured right guard missed another game Sunday, when the Packers rolled to a 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked around often before being removed late in the third quarter with the game virtually in hand.

"Anytime you see your quarterback getting hit, you don't obviously want to see that," Sitton said Friday. "There was nothing I could do about it when I'm sitting there watching it, but you never want to see that, of course."

Sitton hopes he can soon come to the rescue and help shore up Green Bay's pass protection for the stretch run.

With Sitton's injury status unclear and veteran left tackle Chad Clifton still sidelined, the Packers continue to tinker with their offensive line going into Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Sitton returned to practice this week after being out the last two games with a sprained knee. The Packers are giving him a chance to play against the Chiefs, listing him as questionable on the injury report Friday.

"Hopefully, I'll know about Josh Sitton tomorrow," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Josh practiced today. He looked fine, but a Friday practice is a little different than Wednesday and Thursday."

Sitton, who suffered the injury to his right knee in the Packers' Thanksgiving win at Detroit on Nov. 24, feels he is good to play a full game Sunday. He had limited work in practice the last three days.

"I think it went good," Sitton said. "I feel great. I'm ready to play.

"(But) it's out of my hands now," he added, deferring the final decision to the team doctors. "It's up to them."

Notes: Defensive end Ryan Pickett, who suffered a concussion in the last game and didn't practice this week, was ruled out for Sunday. McCarthy was optimistic earlier in the week that his veteran starter could play against the Chiefs. "Obviously with these type of injuries, you always take the high side of caution," McCarthy said. Inside linebacker A.J. Hawk practiced on a full-time basis this week and is expected to return to the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a calf injury. ... Linebacker Desmond Bishop (calf), the team's other starter on the inside, will miss a third straight game. Rookie D.J. Smith is likely to make another start with Bishop out.

For a complete breakdown of all injuries around the league, visit NFL.com's injury page.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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