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No easy solutions available for Packers line

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The good news for the Packers: They have a normal week to try to get healthy before Sunday night’s game, while most of the league plays Saturday.

The bad news: An extra day isn’t going to solve their injury problems.

The Packers are expected to roll with the same offensive line that finished out their game against the Chiefs, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. That group gave up three sacks in the final nine minutes.

Starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga is considered unlikely to play this week because of a knee sprain. Reserve tackle Derrok Sherrod is out for the season. Chad Clifton will try to do individual drills this week, but he’s struggling with a back problem in addition to his hamstring injury.  Clifton hasn’t played since Week 5 and appears to be aiming to return next week at earliest.

Sherrod is facing a long recovery. Demovsky reports he broke bones in his right tibia and fibula. He’s expected to remain in Kansas City all week.

So the Packers have one true tackle — Marshall Newhouse — for this week. Newhouse has struggled against top pass rushers. The Packers will have to sign someone this week, but guard T.J. Lang will play at right tackle.

Green Bay still hasn’t clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Their other goal for the next two weeks: Keep Aaron Rodgers healthy.

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29 Responses to “No easy solutions available for Packers line”
  1. sask9999 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:29 AM

    Anybody have Mark Tauscher’s phone number?

  2. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 20, 2011 9:29 AM

    The most important part of a football team, after QB, is the offensive line. Period.

  3. tsi4431 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:34 AM

    If Clifton and Bulaga, not Bulouga , can stay healthy the O-line will be fine. Without them, it will be dink and dunk 2 step drop kind of offense.

  4. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 20, 2011 9:39 AM

    Excuse me but this is a bye week for the Packers. They’re playing my Bears at home.

  5. heyzeus143 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:40 AM

    goddell will keep his prince healthy

  6. theprogram61 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:51 AM

    He will be back bye next year I broke my leg the same way both tibula fibula he needs a metal rod in it 3 months he will be 100% to workout

  7. 6ball says: Dec 20, 2011 10:01 AM

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    Who’s healthy now? …and for the next month or so? That is the key question going into the playoff season. Of the two #1 seeds, the Packers O-line is thin at best and the Patriots secondary is led by a guy whose bio reads : ” leads league in transactions. ”

    I would not term either team as “mortal locks ” at this stage.

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  8. tatum064 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:03 AM

    whitecastleisafoodgroup says:
    Dec 20, 2011 9:39 AM
    Excuse me but this is a bye week for the Packers. They’re playing my Bears at home.

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    Bears could smash them down just like the Chiefs did, if they protect the ball and maintain possessions.

    way to “back” your team, btw.

    pathetic.

  9. docredskin says: Dec 20, 2011 10:05 AM

    The Packers are smart enough to find reasonable solutions. My Redskins, for instance, fold like a card table when one person goes down, but Green Bay has so much talent and is so well coached that they’ll overcome injuries, even critical ones, much like they did last year.

  10. pigskinswag says: Dec 20, 2011 10:05 AM

    After watching Marshall Newhouse play, I don’t think it’s accurate to call him a “true tackle”.

  11. fx1718 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:17 AM

    Well with the Bears and the Lions coming up we’ll definitely get to see how it holds up!

  12. dukemarc says: Dec 20, 2011 10:19 AM

    Lang played Tackle primarily in college and a few games when Clifton was hurt in 2009 – albeit poorly.

  13. tatum064 says: Dec 20, 2011 10:20 AM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Dec 20, 2011 9:29 AM
    The most important part of a football team, after QB, is the offensive line. Period.

    ========================

    The irony is Jay Cutler got his ass kicked behind a porous o-line other than Kruetz, and they still made it to the NFC Championship…until he got knocked out and Caleb Hanie couldn’t quite seal the deal.

  14. kidpresentable says: Dec 20, 2011 10:30 AM

    “Lang played Tackle primarily in college and a few games when Clifton was hurt in 2009 – albeit poorly.”

    Lang was a crappy LT, he was alright at RT. I’m not worried about him, it’s the Dietrich-Smith/Newhouse combo on the left. Newhouse has been somewhat decent for much of the year, but they’re still going to need to leave Kuhn back there to help on that side. The good news is that Bulaga should be ready for the playoffs so Lang can move back.

  15. claymatthewslikehgh says: Dec 20, 2011 10:44 AM

    Well this will be another opportunity for Thompson to show off his super duper draft skills. Just look at all the talent TT drafted on the Packers’ 31st-ranked Defense. You know, the defense Kyle Orton sliced for about 300 yards passing?

  16. skinsfaninnebraska says: Dec 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    docredskin says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:05 AM

    …My Redskins, for instance, fold like a card table when one person goes down…

    —————————

    “Fold like a card table when one person goes down” ???

    Maybe you should change your user name, because you don’t sound like much of a Redskins fan to me. Have you missed the last few games?

    The patchwork O-line has done a very good job of run blocking and pass pro. Roy Helu and Evan Royster have stepped in and played well ever since Hightower went down. Reed Doughty has been ballin’ in Laron Landry’s absence. The list goes on of guys who have stepped in and done well after a starter was lost.

    As another poster earlier in this thread said to a Bears non-fan: “Way to back your team. Pathetic.”

  17. dchuwo says: Dec 20, 2011 11:08 AM

    One would think McCarthy will adjust his game plan against Chicago accordingly. Still cannot believe he did not throw more screens as quickly as KC was getting upfield.

  18. minnesconsin says: Dec 20, 2011 11:10 AM

    the packers need to run the ball to give that offensive line a bit of confidence, set up the play action, and limit the hits rodgers takes.

    Grant isn’t the same player he used to be, I’ll admit that — but he’s looked better recently w/ 6.9 yards/carry and 2 tds in his last 2 games. He’s also played well against the bears. past 4 games vs chicago, 5.6 yards/carry with 4 tds.

    17 -92
    16-61 and 1
    20-137 and 2
    25-145 and 1

    I felt like they should’ve ran Grant harder vs Oakland and KC, but they’ve been cautious with him while Starks is injured. Starks should be good to go this week.

  19. imjinbrdgr says: Dec 20, 2011 11:10 AM

    How quickly goals can change. I think the Packers now need to have getting healthy above all else, even getting home field through out. If they have Clifton, Bulaga, Starks, Bishop, and Jennings back for the playoffs they can win another championship no matter where they have to play to get it.

  20. beedubyatoo says: Dec 20, 2011 11:21 AM

    He will be back bye next year I broke my leg the same way both tibula fibula he needs a metal rod in it 3 months he will be 100% to workout

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    Luckily for Sherrod he only broke his tibia and fibula, not his tibula. I wonder if he broke his fibia too.

  21. Derty Ernie says: Dec 20, 2011 11:36 AM

    Here’s my two cents.
    1. All the teams the packers will met from now on will heavily pass rush and disregard the run. they will go with one on one coverage to force Rogers to hold the ball longer rather than the zone defense.
    2. Rogers is one of the best at passing in zone defenses but has struggled (Kansas) against the one on ones.

    Bottom line, Rogers will look anything but MVP, receivers will keep dropping passes in one on one coverage, the O line will get Rogers killed or under pressure and the defense will look like a group of confused people.
    Keep in mind the defense had a lot of interceptions when the pack got way ahead and forced their opponents to pass a lot. Kansas C mixed run and pass effectively keeping them off balance all day long.

    Every team that will face the Pack now knows how to play them. Besides, I think the injuries to Stark, Sein, Sifton and a few others are much more serious then they want to let on so things aren’t going to get any better.

    Always next year.

  22. 4gone says: Dec 20, 2011 12:16 PM

    If he is in shape, it would make no sense not to bring back a tackle that played 9 years in this offense. Paging Mr. Tauscher…which is probably exactly why Uncle Ted won’t do it.

  23. gregm5s7 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:46 PM

    Derty Ernie says:Dec 20, 2011 11:36 AM

    Do you watch the packers play, ever? Obviously not by your comment.

    I love your analysis however, such as:
    “receivers will keep dropping passes in one on one coverage”

    because they are in 1 on 1 coverage? That’s their preferred matchup. why would being 1 on 1 force them to drop the ball?

  24. rho1953 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:53 PM

    Whoa. Some of you are acting as if all these guys are done for the year. They will get Pickett back this week. Probably Starks, and almost certainly Saine. I
    would bet on Clifton and Bulaga for the playoffs. Jennings will be back in time for the playoffs. The LB position will be healthy by then too. It isn’t dire for the playoffs, just the next week or so. They will thrash the Bears and starters will sit down early against the Lions. It isn’t a disaster, even though some of you are making it out to be one. The only playoff team in the NFC that can try and replicate the formula of the Chiefs is the 49ers, and the Chiefs got a lot of help from dropped passes and no Jennings. It won’t be nearly that easy to do in January in Lambeau Field.

  25. docredskin says: Dec 20, 2011 1:14 PM

    skinsfaninnebraska says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:58 AM
    docredskin says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:05 AM

    …My Redskins, for instance, fold like a card table when one person goes down…

    —————————

    “Fold like a card table when one person goes down” ???

    Maybe you should change your user name, because you don’t sound like much of a Redskins fan to me. Have you missed the last few games?

    The patchwork O-line has done a very good job of run blocking and pass pro. Roy Helu and Evan Royster have stepped in and played well ever since Hightower went down. Reed Doughty has been ballin’ in Laron Landry’s absence. The list goes on of guys who have stepped in and done well after a starter was lost.

    As another poster earlier in this thread said to a Bears non-fan: “Way to back your team. Pathetic.”

     ———————————————–
    Seen the last few games? I haven’t one since most likely before you were born, so, yeah, I caught them.

    How’d the run blocking look when Lichtensteiger went down? How did Locklear look at tackle? Grossman got pulled and Beck was Cary Conklin-bad, which I guess in Nebraska, doesn’t classify as a collapse. Hightower was good for one game (Arizona) and then he was the third best back on the roster.

    If everyone has stepped up so well, why have have there been four left guards, three left tackles, and two centers? How’s Logan Paulsen look behind Cooley and Davis? And Doughty…I don’t know what you mean by “ballin”, but if I assume you mean get beat like a drum in coverage and run too slowly to tackle effectively, then, yeah, he’s “ballin”.

    Seriously, if you can’t be objective about this team’s shortcomings, then as a fan, we can do without you. Enjoy your Maurice Hurt jersey, as he has been so effective, I’m sure you have one.

  26. ketchupaholic says: Dec 20, 2011 2:07 PM

    Stick a Fork in the Pack! Talking about bringing Tausher won’t help this team, Rodgers is going to be running for his life. Especially with “NO” running game.

  27. almighty1 says: Dec 20, 2011 2:43 PM

    Derty Ernie….you apparently have a 6th or 7th grade understanding of football at best. What you said makes zero sense. At no point in your rambling was there anything that could be considered logic. Everyone in here is now dumber for having read it.

  28. stavreafavre says: Dec 20, 2011 4:00 PM

    Assuming – and I’m not – that the Packers can beat the equally banged-up Bears, Flynn and Harrel should play the entire game against the Lions, and it should generally be treated as what it would be: Unimportant.
    Rodgers will be scrambling more, both from necessity and by design. That’s not a bad thing so long as he runs out of bounds or slides rather than trying to get an extra yard. And now that he knows his OLine will be in tatters and long pass plays can be few and far between, McCarthy will gameplan accordingly. The receiving corps know that they have a stinker to atone for, and I expect them to have good games Christmas night.
    clatmatthewslike – yeah, you are so astute. Thompson built up a team that won the Super Bowl and which has most of its players just entering their primes. But he’s a bum because he couldn’t predict that a lot of them would get injured. Great point there, Einstein. Next idiot up.

  29. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 20, 2011 5:34 PM

    tatum064 says:

    Bears could smash them down just like the Chiefs did, if they protect the ball and maintain possessions.

    way to “back” your team, btw.

    pathetic.

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    I call it being realistic. I am a Bears fan but also a non-delusional football fan. The Bears lost two (key) players and they can’t complete with the worst of the league. Smash down the defending Super Bowl Champs on their turf? Regardless of that it’s those Cheese-turds from up north … get real.

    Sorry Virginia McCaskey, there is no Santa Claus.

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