Injury picture shaping up

GREEN BAY – Green Bay's walking wounded are working their way back to the field this week.<p> Green Bay head coach Mike Sherman said left tackle Chad Clifton is expected to start Monday night's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive tackle Gilbert Brown appears to be resting comfortably, and tight end Tyrone Davis was activated Tuesday.<p>

Clifton sprained his ankle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 4. Barry Stokes started the next three games, although Clifton saw some action last Thursday against the Detroit Lions.

"I believe he'll be ready," Sherman said Monday. "He's not 100 percent, but he's pretty close. We had that extra time after playing Thursday, and I think we used it to our advantage."

The 10 days between games allowed the Packers to rest massive defensive tackle Gilbert Brown, who has been bothered by knee and thigh injuries. Brown played only 18 plays against the Lions, who rushed for 167 yards against the Packers.

The 340-pound Brown, who lost more than 60 pounds while missing the entire 2000 season, has shown flashes of his old self. In the Super Bowl season of 1996, Brown's huge presence in the middle stuffed runs and wreaked havoc on opposing offenses.

The Packers this week also must decide whether or not to activate tight end Tyrone Davis, who has not played yet this season, or put him on the injured reserve list. If that happens, he could not play the rest of the year.

"We have to look at some things and see if he can help us," Sherman said. "We have been fortunate to make it this far into the season with two tight ends. But Tyrone is big and he can catch. He could add some extra juice to our offense."

Davis underwent surgery on his left hamstring in June and hasn't played since. Sherman said he appears to be running at full speed. "He's done a fair amount of running and sprinting," he said. "He been tested and I think he'll be all right."

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