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  • GREEN BAY, Wis. - Josh Sitton talked in the Green Bay Packers locker room Friday as though he knew whether hell be playing against the Chicago Bears.Pretty much, but I really do have to see how it feels tomorrow, the Packers veteran guard said about his toe injury.The decision will come Saturday on the availability of Sitton and fellow guard T.J. Lang (ankle) for the game Sunday night. Lang and Sitton are questionable for the prime-time matchup against the rival Bears at Lambeau Field.The Packers didnt practice Friday, and coach Mike McCarthy said theyll evaluated by the medical staff on Saturday.Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has spent the better part of two weeks recovering from a hamstring injury, is probable after a bye week. Rodgers injured his left hamstring in the lopsided loss against New Orleans. Hes been a full participant in practice this week.He feels good, McCarthy said. He had a couple throws to his left yesterday, so that was really kind of the last thing I think he wanted to feel and see. So hes ready to go.Lang and Sitton spent this week in rehab mode with injuries they sustained in Green Bays 44-23 loss at New Orleans on Oct. 26. Lang went out after the first series with an ankle sprain, and Sitton kept playing after suffering an injury to a big toe in the second half.The Packers (5-3) put Lang and Sitton, who didnt practice the previous two days, through a workout on the field at their indoor facility Friday morning.They both completed it, McCarthy said. The workload that they were asked to do, they exceeded it. So that part went well, but really their evaluation tomorrow is the next step we have to get through.The team estimated Lang and Sitton would have been limited practice participants Friday.Lang didnt appear in the locker room during the access period for media Friday afternoon. A day earlier, he said not to bet against him and Sitton playing Sunday.If I have the confidence and the coaches have the confidence in me going out there and getting the job done, then Id say theres a pretty good chance, said Lang, who noted he had some ligament and muscle damage in his left ankle.Sitton spoke Friday about the likelihood hell take his spot at left guard Sunday. Counting the playoffs, the durable Pro Bowl lineman has started 47 straight games dating to December 2011.Asked what his workout Friday, Sitton said, Just moving around, doing certain movements that Ill be doing on Sunday. I think the biggest thing is just loading on it, trying to put some weight on it. So we did that a little bit.When asked whether that means hes playing, Sitton played coy.I dont know, he said. Ive got to see how it feels tomorrow. Its still a little swollen up.After meeting with team doctor Pat McKenzie on Friday, Sitton isnt too worried about putting himself at risk for aggravating what was diagnosed as a torn ligament in the toe by playing right away.I think that risk is going to be there the rest of the season no matter what, Sitton said. Its not something thats going to be a huge threat.Green Bay has been getting the young trio of Lane Taylor, JC Tretter and Garth Gerhart ready in case Lang or Sitton cant play Sunday.Taylor replaced Lang in the last game. Tretter, who was activated from the injured reserve/designated for return list this week, and Gerhart have yet to play a regular-season game.Really tomorrow (in practice), Im not really looking for T.J. and Josh to take reps because I want to make sure those (other) three guys are ready to go, McCarthy said.NOTES: Also probable for Green Bay are three starters on defence who missed the last game: CB Sam Shields (knee), S Morgan Burnett (calf) and DL Datone Jones (ankle). . WR Kevin Dorsey, who suffered a foot injury in practice Thursday, is sidelined indefinitely. Its a significant injury, McCarthy said. Hell be out multiple weeks. Wholesale Nike Air Jordan . - Kentucky freshmen Stanley Boom Williams, Dorian Baker, Drew Barker and Tymere Dubose have been charged with disorderly conduct for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on the South campus Sunday night. Cheap Air Jordans . Head of clinic Josef Obrist tells the Austria Press Agency on Thursday that Morgenstern "is doing surprisingly well. ... He still has a memory gap but thats nothing unusual." Morgenstern has moved to a rehabilitation clinic in Klagenfurt for further recovery. The result means Atletico Madrid now tops the table, with Madrid level on points in second and Barcelona a point behind in third with nine games remaining as the title race shapes up to be the closest in years. Wholesale Air Jordan Free Shipping . Coach Randy Carlyle didnt know the severity of Bozaks injury. Bozak left the bench and went down the tunnel early in the second period, returned to play a handful of shifts and then did play in the third. Air Jordan Shoes From China . Torres calmly stroked a 51st-minute spot kick down the middle with goalkeeper Romel Quinonez diving right to convert a penalty earned by Javi Martinez. Spain controlled play at the Sanchez Pizjuan but found it hard to convert against a well-organized Bolivian team before Iniesta charged forward to curl around Quinonez in the 84th to seal victory.You and your mate are in charge of assembling two all-star teams. It is a good old-fashioned draft just like in the school playground; a bunch of players waiting to be picked for a game of 11 on 11. Yet, these are no ordinary players. For this exercise, all the squad members of Chelsea and Manchester City are standing right in front of you. You are given the first overall pick. Who do you take? The draft starts now and you are on the clock… Multiple thoughts run through your head at once. You think about how your starting XI could be built. Goalkeeper? No. That can wait. Defender? Vincent Kompany, John Terry, Gary Cahill….all suitable defenders but not yet. Midfield? Okay, now its getting interesting. Cesc Fabregas? Yes, you say, lets go with Cesc. Hold on! What about the steel and tactical intelligence of Nemanja Matic? Hes been brilliant this season. Oh, look Yaya Toure is standing over there; forgot about him. May need a word with him to see how he is feeling. He doesnt look like he is too interested in talking, though. Eden Hazard? Has been better this season, is progressing well, but what about in big games? Did well against Arsenal but disappeared at the World Cup. Perhaps, Im being a bit harsh. A better playmaker? David Silva. The ultimate space invader -- never has a bad game. Time is running out. Tick. Tick. Tick. Strikers? Oh yes, should take one first - the hardest thing in the game to do is to score and cant let the other team have two good ones. Diego Costa? Okay, thats a no-brainer. He has nine goals already in seven Premier League starts. Scores different kinds of goals, holds the ball up well, exceptional link-up play, and finds space. But what of Sergio Aguero? Scorer of four goals against Tottenham on Saturday, now also with nine goals in the Premier League through eight games. Finally healthy, he has all of the qualities you can ask for in a complete centre-forward. Magnificent movement, strong, exceptional close control with the ball at his feet, quick and a rocket of a shot to cap it all off. Aguero vs Costa. In a battle to become the next Premier League champions, their teams, the two supreme genuine heavyweights in a division of light-punching cruiserweights, at best, may well have to win that individual battle if they want to become the last men standing come May. Much has been written about Jose Mourinhos evolution at Stamford Bridge this summer and it is clear the additions of Fabregas and Costa, coupled with a full season of Matic, have made them far more dangerous than last campaign. There is no reliable sabermetric statistic in this sport that shows ones value over another like in Major League Baseball, for example, but you dont have to be into analytics to understand that Chelsea are much stronger this season and will absolutely finish it with more than the 82 points they ended with in 2013-14. Reigning champions Manchester City didnt go through the same overhaul as Chelsea. After all, they felt less inclined to make changes after winning the title with 86 points. However, the continued rise of Mourinhos men suggest City need to be better than last season if they want to regain the Premier League title for the first time. Simply put, 86 points wont get it done and this years team needs to find a way to be better than the one that scored 102 goals last season. Its a formidable task set by the deep pockets of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. So how do City improve from last season? One obvious area is in goal. Last season, City would haave had more points if it wasnt for the individual errors that plagued Joe Hart, particularly the one at Chelsea in the final minute which handed Chelsea two more points and took away one from themselves.dddddddddddd A three point swing that would have meant they beat Chelsea by seven points last season and not four. This season, Hart seems a little must self-assured and so far hasnt cost his team points. City, however, are far from their best at the moment. The form of Toure has rightfully been questioned but the overall balance of the midfield has yet to be found with manager Manuel Pellegrini trying a number of different combinations so far. Slow starts are not unusual from champion teams. The transfer window and two international windows being open through the first two and a half months of the season can lead to disjointed performances. It happened to City last season; gaining just 16 points through the first eight matches (two points per game) before going to raise that average to a far more impressive 2.33 PPG for the final 30 matches. This season they are on 17 points through the first eight games having already played Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham -- four of the top six from last season. Last year they had only played one of the previous seasons top six through eight games (a vastly underperforming Manchester United), despite only reaching 16 points. It is clear, then, that City are on a path of improvement and the main reason for that has been Aguero, who against Tottenham on Saturday showed that he has the ability to swing the momentum their way in matches. A crucial trait in a winning team is to have the ability to dig deep when the opposition is having their moment in the match and when a difference maker like Aguero is fit he can do that with goals out of nothing, much like he did with goals number one and four against Spurs. When he is fit, City are a different side and he also gives them tactical versatility because he is equally dangerous in a front two or leading the line by himself. This season he now has nine Premier League goals in 527 PL minutes. That is a goal every 58.5 minutes. He has played the best part of 110 hours of Premier League football in his career and now has 61 goals. That gives him a goal every 108 minutes at that level, the best in the 22-year history of the Premier League. Yet we still want more. The goal scoring numbers are incredibly impressive but one number that is concerning when it comes to Aguero is the amount of games started. In his first season at the Etihad, he started 31 games and scored 23 goals. In 2012-13 he started just 22, scoring 12, and last season he started 20, scoring 17. Starting 42 games in the last two seasons combined is not enough and some of those matches came when he was far from healthy. Whenever the Argentine is seen grimacing on the field, City fans rightfully get very concerned. Just think how much better Argentina would have been at the World Cup had he been himself. Man City may have some consistency issues with Toure and their midfield at the moment but they do have their real talisman back. If they can keep their 26-year-old star striker on the field to start more than 30 league games this season then that will be the biggest contributor to their improvement. A healthy Aguero can be the difference City need to stop the Chelsea juggernaut. He is a player the Premier League is lucky to have, their best of all when truly himself. A dream of a player who you couldnt say no to if you had the choice. ' ' '
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