Packers Tackle Expected Back in Action

The Packers offensive line could get a boost Thursday night with the anticipated return of their starting right tackle.

Right tackle Mark Tauscher's anticipated return to game action has come full circle. Barring any complications from participating in the team's only extensive practice Tuesday during its short week, Tauscher has the green light to start Thursday night against Minnesota.

Tauscher has been sidelined the last five games after suffering a severe groin injury in the second half of Green Bay's first meeting with the Vikings on Nov. 12 in Minneapolis. Tauscher had returned to practice late last week but took reps with only the scout team and wasn't deemed ready to contribute Sunday against Detroit.

He lined up with the first-string offense Tuesday, though, and the coaching staff is prepared to have the seventh-year veteran go from the outset.

Tauscher is considered questionable for the game.

Rookie Tony Moll started in Tauscher's absence and had his moments, both good and bad. The fifth-round draft pick was serviceable as a run blocker but occasionally struggled in pass protection.

The Packers come into the game with both of their stabilizing tackles less than 100 percent. Left tackle Chad Clifton was out of practice Tuesday as he recovers from a shoulder stinger sustained Sunday. Clifton should play Thursday, however. Rookie left guard Daryn Colledge is Clifton's backup.


  • WR Donald Driver (shoulder), RB Ahman Green (knees) and CB Charles Woodson were held out of practice Tuesday to rest lingering injuries. All three are expected to play Thursday night against Minnesota.

  • DE Aaron Kampman didn't practice because of an illness. He is probable for the game.

  • WR Ruvell Martin practiced for the first time since sustaining a bruised chest Dec. 10 at San Francisco. The team's No. 3 receiver is questionable for Thursday.

  • TE David Martin is questionable at best to play in the game after he aggravated a ribs injury in the last outing. Martin didn't practice Tuesday.

  • LB Abdul Hodge, who was deactivated Sunday, practiced and is questionable with a shoulder injury.

  • S Atari Bigby remains on the mend with a hamstring injury he suffered on special teams in the Dec. 10 game. He didn't practice and is questionable for Thursday.

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