Pieces of the puzzle

All eyes will be on Brett Favre's knee, but what's in front of them is just as important. How the Packers offensive line handles the Dolphins' quick pass rush will be as important to Favre's return from injury as the brace he's wearing on his left knee.<p>

"This is an extremely fast defense, and they certainly rush the quarterback extremely well with a four-man pressure," Sherman said. "We just have to be smart about it."

Fogging the forecast of how the line will perform is the question mark at left tackle. The position, crucial to protecting Favre's blind side, will be manned by the injured Chad Clifton or center Mike Flanagan.

Whoever handles that job will face defensive end Jason Taylor, a force for the Dolphins' pass rush.

Clifton practiced for the second straight day, but is not back to 100 percent after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee at New England on Oct. 13.

Flanagan started at left tackle in the Packers' most recent game in place of Clifton and performed admirably against the formidable Bruce Smith. Although it is likely he'll get the nod Monday night, Flanagan did take some snaps at center during closed practices the past couple days, so Sherman may be looking at returning him there.

Earlier in the week it looked like Flanagan would have to go at tackle as Clifton sat out Thursday. His opponent will be DE Jason Taylor, an exceptional sack artist.

"I'm probably hoping he's back more than anybody else in this locker room, anybody anywhere," said Flanagan. "But if he can't go, I'll do it."

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