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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Bad news gets worse for Packers offensive line

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
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It looks like the Green Bay Packers will have to conduct further patchwork on their already depleted offensive line for Monday night's season-opening game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Continuing a summer-long upheaval along the line, the Packers learned Tuesday that center Scott Wells almost certainly won't play in the opener. He is one of two starters, along with right guard Josh Sitton, who are expected to sit out the game.

Wells apparently suffered a setback during Monday's practice in his recovery from what the Packers have called a "trunk injury," coach Mike McCarthy told reporters in Green Bay. His long-term status is unknown as doctors re-evaluate his injury, originally suffered Aug. 1.

As a result, the Packers will have to slide right guard Jason Spitz to center. Tony Moll will start at right guard and Daryn Colledge at left guard.

Those players have gotten plenty of preseason work, but it's hardly the lineup the Packers wanted to use against Vikings Pro Bowl tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. Wells' setback affects two positions, considering Spitz's slide-over, and it could end up having season-long repercussions for the Packers.