In dueling roster moves among veteran mainstays on Thursday, the Green Bay Packers placed right tackle Mark Tauscher on injured reserve while the Jacksonville Jaguars did the same with running back Fred Taylor.
Both sustained season-ending injuries last week: Tauscher tore the ACL in his left knee against Houston while Taylor tore ligaments in his left thumb against Chicago.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tauscher likely will have surgery next week.
The Packers filled the roster spot by signing offensive tackle Nevin McCaskill from Philadelphia's practice squad. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2007, was released among final cuts and spent most of the season on the Bills' practice squad. This year, he again was released among the Bills' final cuts. He joined the Eagles' practice squad in October.
McCaskill was an all-MEAC first-teamer as a senior for Hampton, a Bowl Championship Subdivision school. He was a three-year starter.
Like Tauscher in Green Bay, Taylor's future in Jacksonville is in doubt. Tauscher, in his ninth season, will be a free agent at the end of the season. Taylor, a part-time player this season, has one year left on his contract worth $6 million. The 11th-year pro hopes to remain with the Jaguars.
"I never really wanted to be away from here to begin with," he told reporters on Wednesday. "I just said I'm going to play football whether it's here or not. ... I'm not going to go, but there's a business side of it. I don't want to go is what I'm saying. It is my plea. I don't want to go."
Key day for Harrell
Hall also will be tested on Friday to see if he can practice. McCarthy thought Hall likely would miss this game, but the fullback has told him otherwise.
Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notebook: Packers put Tauscher on IR
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