Friday’s freshly released injury report confirmed what everyone around the Packers expected for the last two weeks: left tackle Chad Clifton is going to return to the starting lineup.
Clifton is listed as probable with an ankle injury and his return should help in solve Green Bay’s offensive line woes, although he can’t solve them on his own.
Clifton also has to prove that he can play near the level he established earlier in his career. His play in 2008 and early this season was injury-plagued, but he wasn’t always effective.
New addition right tackle Mark Tauscher is not ready to help the Packers yet; he’s listed as out with a knee injury. Backup running back DeShawn Wynn is also out, but Brandon Jackson is ready to return to his third-down duties.
The Lions, meanwhile, list Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford as questionable, even though they are not expected to play and didn’t practice Thursday or Friday.