The waiting game with Tauscher

March, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DANA POINT, Calif. -- I've gotten a lot of questions about Green Bay's situation at right tackle, especially as it relates to incumbent Mark Tauscher.

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Tauscher, of course, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Dec. 7 and is now an unrestricted free agent. Considering the late date of the injury, there is no guarantee he will be medically cleared when training camp begins. A typical ACL recovery takes anywhere from eight to 10 months to recover from.

So what will the Packers do? There had been some thought the Packers could move veteran Daryn Colledge to right tackle, but on Monday coach Mike McCarthy projected Colledge as his starting left guard. That leaves the right tackle position open, for now.

The Packers aren't eager to move on without Tauscher and seem prepared to give him some time to recover. But they also can't leave themselves exposed to a depth problem when training camp begins. Here's how McCarthy explained the situation Monday:

"It's a medical condition. It was a late injury. You do the math and you're looking October 1 [for a full recovery]. That's what the math tells you. Mark would probably tell you differently because he feels great. He's attacked his rehab and he's in there every day. We'll see what happens. Clearly it's a medical. Leadership-wise, can't say enough great things about him. It's a medical condition that's going to make for a tough decision."

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