Biggs: Looks like Tauscher will help tackle protection issue

Midway through the season, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still alive, the Green Bay Packers might get their offensive tackles right.

There’s nothing they could have done to prevent the ankle injury that has hobbled left tackle Chad Clifton since Week 2, but the Packers gambled on Allen Barbre from the start of the season at right tackle and lost. The old gang is getting back together, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as Mark Tauscher is expected to reclaim his old spot at right tackle this Sunday at Tampa Bay.

Clifton and Tauscher worked with the first team in practice on Wednesday, and while coach Mike McCarthy would not confirm the change, that looks like the direction the Packers are headed a month after the team re-signed Tauscher.

“Offensive line, (I'm) just going to take the week and work through it,” McCarthy said. “Mark Tauscher had a lot of work today with the 1’s, so (we're) looking at Mark at the right tackle position. He took the majority of the reps, and Chad Clifton looked healthy today.

“So, really (we'll) see how Chad responds tomorrow from today's practice. Hopefully, they'll both go through the padded practice tomorrow, and we'll see where they are.’’

Rodgers has been sacked a league-high 31 times and while the Packers (4-3) will not have to worry about nemesis Jared Allen again in the regular season, they need to shore up their pass protection. It looks like they’re headed in that direction, or at least attempting to as the first sign a fix is on the way is the admission that there was a problem.

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