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Nov 29, 2011 -- 11:15pm

GREEN BAY – Josh Sitton was wearing a large, bulky brace on his right knee Tuesday, and the Green Bay Packers starting right guard was hoping the cute butterflies adorning it would distract reporters looking for a timeline for when he might return.

"It was the last one they had," Sitton said.

While his quarterback disputed that – Sitton got that design “by choice,” Aaron Rodgers said during his weekly radio show – there’s no disputing that if the knee takes as long to heal as the last time Sitton was sidelined with such an injury, he’ll be missing more than just Sunday’s game at the New York Giants.

Coach Mike McCarthy said last Friday that Sitton was unlikely to play against the Giants. McCarthy speaks with reporters on Wednesday and could offer further details.

Asked about the injury he suffered at Detroit on Thanksgiving, Sitton said “I have had this before" and wouldn’t elaborate beyond saying it occurred during his Packers career. That means he was referring to the knee injury he suffered in preseason as a rookie in 2008, in a game at Denver.

That injury, which was a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, cost Sitton the preseason finale and the first two regular-season games. He was on track to start at right guard as a rookie before the injury, but the starters were set after that game. When a reporter told him he couldn’t remember the injury, Sitton played coy.

"I can't remember that either,” he said. “I'm not sure what (the coaches and medical staff) want me to say and not say, so I'm just going to not say a lot. The player doesn't want to say. I'll let Big Coach Mike deal with that."

Inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, meanwhile, said his strained calf is “getting better every day” but wouldn’t say if he’ll play against the Giants. Both Bishop and fellow inside linebacker A.J. Hawk left last Thursday’s game with calf strains and did not return. Bishop left Ford Field on crutches but was without them Tuesday.

“I haven’t really tried to run on it yet. It’s not that time. So just resting and trying to get recovered,” Bishop said. “It’s up on the air. We’ll see.”

Bishop, who was on the injury report during the week with a calf injury, said it started bothering him in the wake of the team’s Nov. 20 victory over Tampa Bay and said he believed the three games the Packers played in an 11-day span contributed to the injury.

“I think so. It’s a little strenuous to do three games in 11 days. It’s not really good,” Bishop said. “(That) possibly could have been it. I wonder about the correlation between injury and playing that (game) back-to-back. Probably so. That’s probably a little bit of it. But it is what it is.”

Hawk was not in the locker room during media access Tuesday.


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