Packers thankful Clifton's back in Green Bay

Left tackle Chad Clifton got to spend Thanksgiving in Green Bay, even if it was in a hospital bed. Clifton was flown from Tampa to a Green Bay hospital where he is recovering from a serious pelvic injury caused by Warren Sapp's blindside hit Sunday.<P>

Clifton is likely to remain in the hospital at least through the weekend. According to team reports, the lineman is still in tremendous pain and is not able to walk. Medically, the good news is that concerns about any spinal damage have been alleviated.

"The numbness that he has may have been the result of spasms or possible disc damage," coach Mike Sherman said.

The priorities of healing, walking and returning home to his family have put Clifton's football future on the back burner. His season is all but definitely over, and even his career outlook is unknown right now.

"Football is probably the last thing on his moind right now," right guard Marco Rivera said. "The main thing is he's got to be able to walk right.

"I'm going to see him tonight, maybe bring him a cheeseburger, a large fry and a Coke.

So the Packers will try Sunday to revamp their offensive line once again as they take on the Bears. They'll be setting out to snap their first two game losing streak since weeks 5-6 of the 2000 season. A win would clinch the first North Division title as well.

"Life goes on," Rivera said, referring to the line playing without its two starting tackles."We've got to keep playing football. There's a lot of football left. And if we see Sapp down the road, I expect it just to be a highly competitive game and that's it.


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