The Green Bay Packers' offensive line is having some difficulty getting used to life without recently released Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton.
With the sudden release, his former teammates have been left questioning why it happened and whether it should have at all.
"I consider him one of my best friends. So it was tough, letting him go," left tackle David Bakhtiari told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "But the timing was harder now. It’s definitely not ideal, but it’s an adjustment that, we’re professionals. We’re going to have to work on the fly."
Bakhtiari, who said he "had no idea" any changes were coming, wasn't the only Packer baffled by the club's decision to move on from one of the best players at his position in the league.
"Even on his worst day, he was still really good," defensive tackle Mike Daniels said. "He made me better. Every other guard in comparison is like, 'Oh, yeah, well he ain't Josh.'"
The mood in the Packers locker room was somber Monday, according to Wood, and some players like fellow guard and close friend T.J. Lang were emotional about the move.
"I had to remind myself that it’s not like he's dead," Lang said. "That's kind of how it felt. You're kind of grieving about it."
Sitton signing with the Chicago Bears likely makes the loss even worse for his former teammates, as they'll have to lineup against him twice a year. But Sitton maintains the move within the division was not his way of "sticking it"to the organization.