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Packers hope to get Chad Clifton back in Week 13

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The Packers pass protection has survived without left tackle Chad Clifton.

We wouldn’t say that Marshall Newhouse has thrived on the blind side, but Green Bay’s pass protection hasn’t been the constant problem that some expected. There have been down games, of course, but it’s not like Newhouse has slowed down Aaron Rodgers‘ MVP season.

Green Bay will still be thrilled to get Clifton back from his hamstring injury. For the first time Tuesday, coach Mike McCarthy set out a timeline for that to happen.

“I would have to say he’s not going to make it this week, Detroit would be a push and the Giants would probably be realistic if he stays on schedule,” McCarthy said via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Just what the rest of the NFC wants to hear: The Packers offense may be improving in December.

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14 Responses to “Packers hope to get Chad Clifton back in Week 13”
  1. calloustongue says: Nov 16, 2011 9:09 AM

    It’s highly likely when Chad does return it’s as a backup. Newhouse has been pretty solid and it’s very doubtful Clifton returns for another season. I don’t know how much difference there is at this point between the two, other than one has peaked and the other is still realizing his potential. Marshall’s youth vs Chad’s savvy. Both have made mistakes this year, but I think you gotta roll with the young guy and let Chad continue to heal just in case.

  2. hunst009 says: Nov 16, 2011 9:15 AM

    He was a huge part of their run last year. He played some of the best football of his career and it was be the same thing this year. Fresh and ready to go!

  3. packfntk says: Nov 16, 2011 9:27 AM

    Rich get richer.

  4. jimmysee says: Nov 16, 2011 9:49 AM

    Cliffie has also had an opportunity to rest those knees.

  5. dukemarc says: Nov 16, 2011 9:59 AM

    Wow, I really thought Chad had played his last NFL game – glad to hear he’s getting another chance.

  6. mvpolamalu says: Nov 16, 2011 10:23 AM

    Thats like turning the hulk into superman

  7. bubbaone says: Nov 16, 2011 10:36 AM

    …and w/ Mike Neal available it sets up the 9-0 Packers well for the stretch run.

  8. etronsman says: Nov 16, 2011 10:41 AM

    As a GB fan, feel like we’ll need Clifton most against DET and NYG – teams with solid DL pass rush. Probably most likely way GB loses is against team that can get pressure without blitzing.

  9. skeebo80 says: Nov 16, 2011 10:46 AM

    Really starting to think the 49ers can beat these guys …it would be a good matchup

  10. zbigern says: Nov 16, 2011 11:06 AM

    99th best player in the league says the players in the league via NFL NETWORK. Newhouse is doing fine, but you cannot replace veteran leadership and savvy. Gotta love me some Packers. I was born and raised a Packer fan, & I said last years team was my favorite Packer squad…Ive changed my mind.

  11. bjorntorock says: Nov 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    What gave you that idea skeebo80? Was it the game they played against the vikings who also have a good run game and front seven?

  12. dhnation21 says: Nov 16, 2011 11:26 AM

    The Packers won’t repeat as Super Bowl Champions without better Offensive Line play and this is a big step in improving that.

  13. sigmaed51 says: Nov 16, 2011 11:57 AM

    The Packers are the 1% !!!! Occupy Lombardi Ave!!!!……….keep rollin, GO PACK GO!!!

  14. alpod says: Nov 16, 2011 12:36 PM

    they better hope he’s back for the raider game. Wimbley love going against second-string LTs.

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