Has the Green Bay Packers career of Mark Tauscher come to an end on the Friday of a bye week? That's the question you have to ask after the Packers placed Tauscher on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury suffered Oct. 3.
The National Football Post reported at the time that the injury was feared to be season-ending, but the Packers gave Tauscher more than a month to recover before finally making the move. Rookie Bryan Bulaga has started five games in Tauscher's absence and is expected to remain at right tackle for the rest of the season.
Tauscher, 33, has been the Packers' right tackle for the past decade but injuries have cut short four of his past five seasons. The Packers signed him to a two-year contract last winter but could part ways with him this offseason.
Many of you are already asking if Bulaga is now the Packers' long-term answer at right tackle, or if they will one day return him to his original left tackle position. That's a question for the offseason, but generally speaking, left tackle is a difficult position to fill. If you have a player that can handle it, it makes sense to utilize him there and find someone else to play right tackle.
And, for all of you Spencer Havnerites out there: The Packers used Tauscher's roster spot to re-sign the tight end/linebacker.