Offensive lineman placed on IR

Coston injured calf in season finale; Moll likely to start at guard

Junius Coston's strained calf apparently is much worse than originally anticipated. The Packers today placed the offensive lineman on season-ending injured reserve and promoted offensive tackle Orrin Thompson from the practice squad, the team announced.

Without Coston, the Packers probably will go with Daryn Colledge and, if healthy, Jason Spitz as the starting guards in between offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, and center Scott Wells. Spitz sustained a quadriceps strain against the Lions, and his status for the team's Jan. 12 NFC divisional playoff is questionable.

If Spitz is unable to start, the Packers are likely to go with Tony Moll at guard with rookie Allen Barbre as the top backup. Coston played in 13 games, including seven starts, all at guard. Coston missed four games during the middle part of the season with an ankle injury.

Coston played every spot along the line in training camp, but injuries have hampered his progress in his first three seasons.

The 6-foot-6, 322-pound Thompson spent four weeks on the Packers' active roster earlier this season, but did not play in any games. He was with the team throughout the off-season and training camp.

Korth quick take
Losing Coston is a blow to the offensive line, but the Packers should be able to overcome it. Heck, they've been playing with different guards throughout the season, so this is nothing new.

Coston no doubt is frustrated. He is a versatile player and has potential to be a regular if he can overcome injuries that have plagued him in recent years.

Green Bay should be OK with Colledge, who played well against Detroit, and Spitz/Moll at the guard positions. We'll know more about Spitz's injury on Friday.

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