Thursday, October 7, 2010
Mark Tauscher is Packers' latest concern
By Kevin Seifert
Significant injuries are starting to pile up for the Green Bay Packers.
First, it was tailback Ryan Grant (ankle). Then it was safety Morgan Burnett (knee). Then linebackers Brandon Chillar (shoulder) and Nick Barnett (wrist) were sidelined.
Now, the National Football Post is reporting that the Packers are bracing for a long absence by right tackle Mark Tauscher, who hasn't practiced the past two days because of a shoulder injury suffered last Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Tauscher seems highly doubtful to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, and his long-term status will be determined soon.
We spent part of the offseason discussing the Packers' renewed commitment to offensive line depth, and while losing Tauscher would be a harsh blow, the Packers have a better backup plan than they had last year. They have been working No. 1 draft pick Bryan Bulaga at both tackle positions, and T.J. Lang is another option to replace Tauscher this weekend. As always, stay tuned.