Notebook: Packers put Tauscher on IR

The Jaguars do the same with Fred Taylor, plus more news and notes heading into this week's game by Jacksonville.

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."

Injury report
Fullback Korey Hall (knee) and defensive tackles Justin Harrell (hip) and Ryan Pickett (illness) did not participate at Green Bay's practice on Thursday. McCarthy said he sent Pickett home because he was feeling so bad at meetings.

Linebacker Danny Lansanah (arm, ankle) was limited, and linebacker Brandon Chillar (groin), tackle Chad Clifton (knees) and defensive end Jeremy Thompson (ankle) were full.

For Jacksonville, the only players on the injury report are receiver Jerry Porter (groin; did not participate) and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (toe; limited).

Key day for Harrell
Harrell, as planned, was held out of practice for the second straight day. The backup aggravated a hip injury in the last game. He'll be tested by the training staff Friday morning to determine whether he can practice. There's a decent chance Harrell, who has been beset by a slew of injuries since the Packers made him their first-round draft choice last year, won't play Sunday as a precautionary measure.

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.

Extra points
Want to get out of the Wisconsin cold? There are tickets available for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, though enough tickets have been sold to lift the TV blackout. The Jaguars are 1-5 at home. ... With the Bears beating New Orleans on Thursday, the Packers need the most unlikely chain of events to win the division. Green Bay would have to win all three of its games, the first-place Vikings would have to lose all three of their games and Chicago would have to drop its final two. ... Cornerback Charles Woodson won fan voting for the NFC Pro Bowl team. Fan voting counts for one-third of the total vote, with the players' vote getting one-third and the coaches' vote getting the final third. Nick Collins finished third at safety, Jarrett Bush is fourth at special teams, Greg Jennings is fifth at receiver, Mason Crosby is fifth at kicker and Korey Hall is fifth at fullback. The Pro Bowl teams will be announced on Tuesday. Drew Brees of the Saints topped NFC voting. Brett Favre topped AFC voting.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com.


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