Biggs: Packers' line remains in flux
So much for the swift return of Packers left tackle Chad Clifton.
While it looked earlier in the week like the veteran would return in time to square off against Minnesota Vikings pass-rush stud Jared Allen on Monday night at the Metrodome, you can just about rule that out now.
According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said that Clifton had a “little bit of a setback’’ in his bid to get back on the field after missing only one game with a sprained right ankle in Week 2 against Cincinnati.
Without Clifton, the Packers are forced to move left guard Daryn Colledge outside to tackle because they lack a swing tackle on the roster. Colledge was thoroughly abused by the Bengals’ Antwan Odom, allowing three sacks. Given a week to work on his technique, he improved at St. Louis. But McGinn notes that he allowed 4 1/2 pressures to aging Rams veteran James Hall. That game was played in the loud Edward Jones Dome, but it’s going to be much more raucous Monday night in one of the more difficult road sites in the league in terms of crowd noise.
The issue that is exposed here is not only does Colledge have to move outside to tackle, but center Jason Spitz slides over the left guard and Scott Wells comes off the bench to play center. The bottom line is the Packers are going to have to provide Colledge with ample help. The Packers have a bye next week and the hope is Clifton will come out of it ready to return to the field.
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