"It's sore," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy at his press conference this afternoon in Green Bay. "He will be doubtful for the game."
McCarthy said Tauscher, who hasn't missed a start in more than three seasons, will be out through Thursday's practice. McCarthy gave his team the day off today as part of "Victory Monday" for meeting the criteria he set Sunday against the Vikings.
"I expect Mark to do everything he can to get on the field," McCarthy said. "It's a pretty good groin injury and we'll see how a couple days of rest do for him. We'll have more information by the end of the week."
Tauscher was injured late in the third quarter against the Vikings. He was taken to the locker room and was replaced by rookie Tony Moll, who along with the rest of the line, did not give up a sack on quarterback Brett Favre.
"I thought he was solid," said McCarthy of Moll. "It's never easy to jump right into that, but I thought he was OK."
Moll started Green Bay's first four games this season at right guard. When Jason Spitz returned from a thigh injury, Moll lost his starting job when the Packers moved Daryn Colledge to left guard and Spitz to right guard.
Moll practiced in the off-season and early in training camp at right tackle before he was moved to guard when Colledge was demoted early in training camp.
"I think his natural position is tackle," McCarthy said. "I say it over and over again, but we couldn't avoid it but when you move a young player around, it's really a disadvantage. We've moved Tony all over the place because when you're not the starter, that's kind of the role you fall in to, but his natural position is right tackle. ... I think you'll see him settle down and play better when he gets to stay in one place for a while."
'Doubtful' status means that there is a 25 percent chance that a player will suit up on game day.
Bodiford may be out for season
McCarthy said a number of players are 'nicked up' from his team's physical game against the Vikings, including Shaun Bodiford, who may miss the rest of the season.
Bodiford injured his right shin while returning the game's opening kickoff. He will be listed as "out" for the Patriots game. Bodiford was undergoing further tests today in Green Bay to determine if he has a fracture.
McCarthy said that running back Vernand Morency (back) and fullback Brandon Miree (elbow) will work out on Tuesday to determine if they will be ready to practice this week and play against the Patriots.
McCarthy listed a number of other players who sustained injuries against the Vikings, including cornerback Will Blackmon (rib), tight ends Tory Humphrey (hamstring) and David Martin (shoulder and quad), defensive end Mike Montgomery (hamstring), and fullback William Henderson (knee).
Humphrey is not expected to suit up for Sunday's game, nor is Blackmon. Both will be listed as doubtful on the injury report, according to McCarthy.
"We need to take care of our bodies this week as we move forward for New England," McCarthy said.