Packers place Mark Tauscher on injured reserve

Veteran Mark Tauscher wasn’t able to gut it out any longer with his shoulder injury, and the Green Bay Packers have placed the 11-veteran on injured reserve.

The National Football Post reported first on Oct. 7 that Tauscher was dealing with an injury that could force him to miss significant time. That proved to be the case as the team announced the roster move this afternoon. Tight end Spencer Havner has been signed to take his place.

Tauscher, who battled back from a torn ACL to stabilize the offensive line last season, was injured in a Week 4 victory over the Detroit Lions. He played in 134 games with 132 starts during 11 seasons with the Packers.

“Despite long odds, Mark has been battling this shoulder injury in an effort to get back on the field,” general manager Ted Thompson said in a release. “His work ethic and motivation have been tremendous but the injury has been too severe to overcome. He is a team leader and will be an important part of our team as we go through the stretch run of our season.”

Havner played in 20 games with the Packers in 2008 and 2009. He spent the first five games this season with the Lions.

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