Biggs: Green Bay expected to sign Tauscher
The Packers have gone in search of help for their beleaguered offensive line and they’ve found a familiar face. Veteran Mark Tauscher worked out for the team today, and reports indicate he is likely to sign with the club at some point this week.
Tauscher manned the right tackle position for the last nine seasons in Green Bay, and his contract expired after last season. The Packers didn’t make a move to re-sign him as he was recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee.
Green Bay surrendered eight sacks Monday night in its 30-23 loss at Minnesota. Most of the problems were centered on the left side of the line as Daryn Colledge and T.J. Lang were overmatched by Jared Allen, who had 4 1/2 sacks. But Allen Barbre has had his own struggles at right tackle, getting chewed up by the Bears’ Adewale Ogunleye in the season opener.
“Allen Barbre’s still the starting right tackle,’’ coach Mike McCarthy said.
If Tauscher doesn’t replace Barbre immediately, he may do so at some point. One player Green Bay will have to replace is kick returner WIll Blackmon. He will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
The good news is that Colledge should be able to come back after the bye week against Detroit on Oct. 18. He was knocked out of the game with a knee sprain, and he could go back to left guard with McCarthy optimistic Chad Clifton will return from an ankle sprain.
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