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Clifton returns for Packers, as expected

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.

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16 Responses to “Clifton returns for Packers, as expected”
  1. ProfessorEmmitt says: Oct 16, 2009 7:09 PM

    “The Packers don’t has a running game.”

  2. myasylum says: Oct 16, 2009 7:12 PM

    I think it’s a little to late for the Packers.
    Ted Thompson was given his chance to get to the Super Bowl and he’s failed. I think if the Packers don’t at least get to the playoffs It’s time Ted should go.
    He was given his chance and he’s failed. How much more time do fans need to give this guy??
    He’s got to be the cheapest guy in the NFL and his Brilliant philosophy is obvious isn’t working.

  3. PervyHarvin says: Oct 16, 2009 7:22 PM

    Oh no!!! With Clifton and Tauscher playing soon ,the Vikings are doomed!!! The second coming of “The Hogs” Too bad unlike the Skins their Hogs reputation will be based on how many signature steaks the washed up lineman can devour at Favre’s Steakhouse after practice.

  4. packers4life says: Oct 16, 2009 7:33 PM

    Thank goodness he is healthy now. Him returning should help the offensive line at least a little bit.

  5. nerd says: Oct 16, 2009 7:40 PM

    Meanwhile, both of our centers have been out. Yeah, we have a third string scrub and a longsnapper. That’s it.

  6. Plankshelmet says: Oct 16, 2009 7:43 PM

    The O line was brutal with Clifton. Now that hes returning from an injury they are supposed to be better ? Too bad Calvin is hurt or the Lions could have given the MVP and Steel Curtain D a game.

  7. jorge says: Oct 16, 2009 8:09 PM

    Good eye Rosenthal. About time somebody recognizes that Clifton (and Tauscher included too) hasn’t really played good football for a while.
    Not since maybe the “05″ season.
    That’s when A.Green was still healthy (I think) and we had a balanced offensive attack.
    Its about time the Packers started looking to upgrade the O-Line and the R.B. position.

  8. DCViking says: Oct 16, 2009 8:57 PM

    In an unrelated note, Aaron Rodgers blood pressure dropped about 40 points.
    Great that Tauscher is back and out already — guessing he’s just not ready for games yet. Maybe a week or two…

  9. Mike McCarthy's Moobs says: Oct 16, 2009 9:27 PM

    I guess the TJ Lang era has to wait another week.

  10. Philtration says: Oct 16, 2009 10:37 PM

    What a sorry team.

  11. packers4life says: Oct 17, 2009 1:16 AM

    “The O line was brutal with Clifton. Now that hes returning from an injury they are supposed to be better ? Too bad Calvin is hurt or the Lions could have given the MVP and Steel Curtain D a game.”
    It isn’t Clifton’s fault for the offensive line being brutal with him playing. The only time he ever struggled when against the Bengals. He played fine against the Bears (Barbre was the one who allowed Ogunleye to get three sacks) but when he injured his ankle, things got much worse. Colledge stepped in against the Bengals and allowed Odom to get three more sacks, he wasn’t that great against St. Louis and was downright awful going against Jared Allen.
    Had Clifton been playing vs. the Vikings, Allen probably wouldn’t of had as big of game because Clifton has a history of containing Jared Allen.

  12. c.carterhof says: Oct 17, 2009 2:18 AM

    I have to laugh.
    Better come up with a new game plan.
    Cant wait for nov.1st!
    Lions could get that 2nd win this sunday.

  13. jorge says: Oct 17, 2009 2:56 AM

    Ooooh big move by da Bares!
    Now we have to make that trade that gets us Joe Thomas.
    We must!! we simply must!!!

  14. Mr High and Mighty says: Oct 17, 2009 11:33 AM

    I would like to ask Packers fans if they are pleased with the representation they are getting from Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith. Nelson wrote a whole story about how and why Percy Harvin is a bust. It was kind of sad to read. Here I thought he was turning out to be a very good player who creates mismatches regardless of where he is deployed. Then I read Bob’s detailed account of a bunch of things that happened nowhere near a football field and realized that he is just a horrible football player. Certainly not near the quality of say a BJ Raji or Clay Matthews. I have read some things from some pretty, actually very, stupid Vikings fans but those 2 are in a league of their own.

  15. Mr High and Mighty says: Oct 17, 2009 11:47 AM

    Clifton contained Allen very well in his first game for the Vikes but Allen killed him in the dome last year.

  16. Beer Cheese Soup says: Oct 18, 2009 4:54 PM

    Mr High and Mighty says:
    I would like to ask Packers fans if they are pleased with the representation they are getting from Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith.
    ____________________________________
    Nope…

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