It's Holliday time!

GREEN BAY – While most of the Packers defensive linemen have been hurting this season, Vonnie Holliday has been healthy, hale and having a heck of a year.<p>

The fourth-year end already has made a career-high 68 tackles – the most among Green Bay's defensive linemen – and has seven sacks, one away from tying his career best. He's also coming off one of his best single game performances, making a career-high 10 tackles, collecting two sacks and recovering two fumbles last Sunday in Green Bay's 26-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

For once, Holliday isn't being bothered by aches and pains. He has eight sacks as a rookie in 1998, but missed the last four games of the season with an ankle sprain. After playing all 16 games in 1999, Holliday started only nine games last season, battling a stress fracture in his ankle and elbow surgery. But he has put all that behind him this season.

"I've pretty healthy so far, and we have been playing some great football this year, probably the best since I have been here," said Holliday, the Packer's first-round draft pick from North Carolina in 1998. "This is definitely one of the best defenses I have played with. Mentally, I feel good, and physically, I feel great."

Holliday also has played great, even though he has switched positions several times because of injuries to other players. When defensive tackle Santana Dotson got hurt last season, Holliday moved inside. This year, with Gilbert Brown missing several games, Holliday went inside again.

"I do like the power part of the game," he said. "When you line up at tackle you get to go against some of the guards instead of those big tackles."

Against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Holliday will face former Packer Ross Verba, who was switched to left tackle last week. Verba played with Green Bay for four years, then signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Browns.

"He's going to be physical, no doubt about it," Holliday said. "I remember going against him at practice. He's a tough guy, he's a big guy. But it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm sure he has some kind of chip on his shoulder, and he'll want to come here and prove people wrong."


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