Packers release Chad Clifton

Updated: April 23, 2012, 4:50 PM ET
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MILWAUKEE -- The Green Bay Packers released veteran left tackle Chad Clifton on Monday, saying goodbye to a player who anchored their pass protection for more than a decade.

Clifton has been the Packers' primary left tackle since 2000, starting 160 games over 12 seasons with quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. He started only six games last season because of hamstring and back injuries.

Clifton had offseason back surgery and failed a team physical, sources told ESPN NFL Insider ...

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