Injuries cripple line, run game

Diggs misses second half with MCL injury

The Green Bay Packers' offensive line has undergone change this season with two new guards, but it had to make drastic adjustments Monday night against the Carolina Panthers. The Packers lost center Mike Flanagan and left tackle Chad Clifton in the first quarter because of injuries.

Flanagan left the game with 5 mintues, 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter with an abdominal strain. He originally sustained the injury in practice during week leading up to the game. Flanagan played in the first two drives before he was replaced by Scott Wells.

Clifton followed Flanagan to the trainer's room with sprained left ankle, one play after Wells entered the game. Clifton was unable to return.

With Clifton and Flanagan out, Adrian Klemm shifted from left guard to left tackle, Grey Ruegamer played left guard next to Wells.

"I told them at halftime that they had to get the job done," said Packers coach Mike Sherman. "They did a good enough job to put us in position to win the game, so they did some decent things. Certainly our run game was very suspect today. I thought Ahman Green ran extremely hard, but there weren't a whole lot of opportunities for him today."

The Packers rushed for just 32 yards in the first half and 58 on 19 attempts for the game. Brett Favre had Green Bay's longest run of the night, a 12-yard scramble for a first down. Favre also has Green Bay's longest run of the season – 20 yards.

Green Bay was forced into numerous passing situations after falling behind 23-7 at halftime.

Green injures knee
Running back Ahman Green bruised his right knee in the third quarter and was unable to finish. He was held to 36 yards rushing on 14 carries. Green hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since last Nov. 14 against Minnesota.

Green told reporters afterward that "I'll be fine."

Najeh Davenport replaced Green at running back. Davenport finished with 10 yards rushing on four carries.

Diggs injures knee
Starting strong-side linebacker Na'il Diggs did not play in the second half after sustaining an MCL injury. Coach Mike Sherman said afterward that he was uncertain which knee Diggs injured.

Diggs sustained a torn MCL to his left knee during training camp. He missed all of the team's preseason games, and first two regular season games.

Paris Lenon took over for Diggs in the second half. Lenon had started for Diggs in Green Bay's first two games this season


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