Packers hope to get Chad Clifton back in Week 13


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

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

14 responses to “Packers hope to get Chad Clifton back in Week 13

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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