GREEN BAY -- The Packers are no closer to resolving their offensive line problems. In fact, after Monday night's practice, they might be further away than ever before.
At the first practice since Saturday night's poor performance in a 34-6 loss at San Francisco, the shuffling not only continued on the line, the problems were exacerbated by center Scott Wells' recurring "trunk" injury -- a lower back muscle injury that caused him to miss the exhibition opener and may force him to miss the third preseason game Friday at Denver.
With Wells out and left tackle Chad Clifton also sitting out, the Packers' front five Monday night at Clarke Hinkle Field were Tony Moll at left tackle, Daryn Colledge at left guard, Jason Spitz at center, Josh Sitton at right guard and Mark Tauscher at right tackle.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Clifton's situation is "nothing major," and Clifton is likely to play against the Broncos since Friday night's game is the most important tune-up before the regular season.
The second unit had Colledge at left tackle, Allen Barbre at left guard, Junius Coston at center, Moll at right guard and Breno Giacomini at right tackle. Moll also worked some at left guard and Barbre saw time at left tackle with the scout team.
"We're going to look at a different rotation because (of Clifton and Wells) not being able to go," McCarthy said. "Daryn was working both left tackle and left guard, Josh Sitton is still at the right guard, and Jason had to play center, so we're still going through that process."
Asked about Wells' injury, which McCarthy said "flared up" in Saturday night, McCarthy said Wells is experiencing pain on the opposite side as before. McCarthy said the medical staff ran tests on Wells Monday, the results of which will be available today.
With Wells' injury and Spitz, who started at left guard against the 49ers moving over, Colledge worked at left guard, his primary position. But Colledge, who played right guard and …Read more...