Position breakdown: Offensive line

Injuries leave line in limbo as team heads into season opener

Here is a breakdown of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line:

Depth chart: Starters: Chad Clifton (LT), Daryn Colledge (LG), Scott Wells (C), Jason Spitz (RG), Mark Tauscher (RT). Reserves: Josh Sitton (G), Tony Moll (G/T), Allen Barbre (G), Breno Giacomini (T).

Strength or weakness? Weakness. The offensive line has been far from settled this preseason due to injuries. Wells sustained a trunk (lower back/torso) injury early in training camp, then Sitton injured his knee later in camp. Sitton was in line to start at right guard, but probably will miss a game or two early this season. Wells says he will be ready to go in time for the season opener on Sept. 8. If he isn't, Spitz will play center with either Barbre or Moll stepping in at right guard.

It didn't help the Packers any when guard/center Junius Coston suffered a knee injury in the preseason finale and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.

Dealing with injuries is nothing new for the offensive line, however. Last year, the Packers had to shuffle the line often due to injuries, yet it only allowed 19 total sacks, best in the league. The line again is led by Pro Bowl tackle Clifton and unheralded tackle Tauscher. Both have patroled the edges since 2000.

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