Packers-Dolphins game notes

Clifton out with the flu; Green returns; warm day in Miami

Offensive tackle Chad Clifton was unable to suit up for the Green Bay Packers' game today against the Miami Dolphins. Clifton is suffering effects of the flu, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Rookie guard Daryn Colledge started in place of Clifton at left tackle. Rookie Jason Spitz moved from his normal right guard position to left guard, and rookie Tony Moll started in place of Spitz at right guard.

While Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor was able to get past Colledge for two first-half sacks, the Packers line adjusted to protect Favre much better in the second half.

"Well it obviously got a little bit better," Favre said. "I don't know if it could have gotten worse at that point. Cliffy goes out right before the game and you're playing one of the premier pass rushers in the game which is difficult with any offensive line. We still had to try to stick to our game plan as much as possible. Of course they knew that Cliffy was out they could move him around and they knew that we would try to load up on that side. He's a heck of a player and he's going to make those plays but you don't want to make it any easier."

Green returns to action
Running back Ahman Green returned from a two-game absence against the Dolphins in high gear. The veteran rushed 18 times for a season-high 118 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Packers a 27-16 lead. It was Green's longest touchdown run since October 24, 2004 when he had a 90-yard run for a score against Dallas.

Green missed Green Bay's recent games against St. Louis and Philadelphia with two tender hamstrings.

Green rushed for 110 yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, then had 105 total yards in the subsequent two games.

Injury update
DT Cullen Jenkins, who logged two starts in the first three games, is out indefinitely because of a severely sprained ankle. Jenkins has been sidelined since suffering the injury in the Week 5 loss to St. Louis.

-- LB Ben Taylor missed his second straight game because of a pulled hamstring. Taylor didn't practice last week, but the backup and leading tackler on special teams vows to be ready for Sunday's game against Arizona.

-- LB Abdul Hodge remains out because of an unspecified knee injury. The third-round draft pick, who's the understudy to Nick Barnett in the middle, was injured in Week 4.

-- WR Robert Ferguson was in Charlotte, N.C., late last week for a second opinion on his injured right foot. Ferguson has damage to the Lisfranc joint in the middle of the foot and might miss the rest of the season. The sixth-year veteran suffered the injury returning a kickoff in the Week 4 loss at Philadelphia. DT Kenderick Allen also was felled by a Lisfranc injury earlier in the season and is on injured reserve.

Extra points
-- The game-time temperature was 88 degrees with a 65 percent humidity.

-- Charles Woodson's 23-yard interception return for a score was the third of his career and his first since November 28, 1999 as a member of the Oakland Raiders when he picked off an Elvis Grbac pass and went 15 yards for a score against Kansas City.

-- LB Brady Poppinga's interception today was the first of his NFL career.

-- The 34-yard TD pass from Brett Favre to Donald Driver was the 404th touchdown pass of Favre's career and his first at Dolphin Stadium.

-- FB William Henderson was deactivated Sunday, only the fourth game he's missed in his 12-year career. Henderson was slowed by a calf injury last week but didn't miss a practice and was upgraded to probable on the injury report at the end of the week. Head coach Mike McCarthy, however, compensated for a dearth of available receivers by keeping all four tight ends activated.

-- CB Will Blackmon made his NFL debut Sunday, though he was relegated to special-teams duties. Blackmon, a fourth-round draft pick, wasn't ready for the start of the season because he suffered complications with a foot that was broken in May. Blackmon was on standby as a fill-in at nickel back in case Charles Woodson had to be out Sunday because of a lingering thigh injury.

-- DT Johnny Jolly, who has been healthy from the outset, also appeared in his first pro game. The sixth-round draft pick was a part of the rotation on the interior of the line. He had been deactivated the first five games.

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