Packers facing a scramble on their offensive line

The Green Bay Packers kicked the tires on Herb Taylor two weeks ago in a tryout and when they had a need after Derek Sherrod was lost to a fractured leg.

Taylor, who has not played in a regular-season game since 2008 and has not been on a 53-man roster in nearly two full years, was signed with the Packers facing multiple injuries on the line.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Packers are hopeful they will get left tackle Chad Clifton back this week in practice. He’s been battling hamstring and back injuries for two months and the team needs to see if he will be an option for the playoffs.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is out with a sprained knee cap and that means left guard T.J. Lang could be forced to play right tackle Sunday night against the Chicago Bears, which is where he finished the game in Kansas City after Sherrod suffered his gruesome injury. It all means Taylor, who was in camp with the Denver Broncos, could be active on Sunday.

It’s not the way the Packers wanted to be headed with the playoffs closing in. But Green Bay handled a series of injuries on the line last season. Those injuries came in the first half of the season and took time to iron out. They don’t have a lot of time to get it straight this time.

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