Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called Chad Clifton’s hamstring injury “significant” Monday afternoon, confirming that the 35-year-old tackle will miss several weeks but also that the Packers staff doesn’t exactly have a handle on the severity quite yet because of the swelling and bleeding around the injury.
Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel tweeted this from McCarthy’s press conference:
“McCarthy on Clifton: Suffered a significant hamstring, probably take a couple weeks to get hands around how significant. Will be out weeks”
McCarthy also confirmed that there has been no talk of putting Clifton on IR yet, but that internal discussions between he and GM Ted Thompson had begun on whether or not to bring in another offensive lineman. The Packers played the rest of Sunday night’s game with just Evan Dietrich-Smith as an active backup lineman.
The “next man up” mantra that has defined the Packers for the past two seasons was on full display against the Falcons, as they got solid play from both Marshall Newhouse, who shifted from right tackle to the left after Clifton’s injury, and rookie Derek Sherrod, who played on the right side and recovered nicely from a rocky start.
It’s possible that the Packers will also get back Bryan Bulaga for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. McCarthy said that he’ll know more about Bulaga’s status tomorrow and he wasn’t sure if he’d play on the right or left. A rough guess at this point would say that Bulaga returns to the right side and Newhouse remains at left tackle, but that’s obviously a fluid situation. Much of the decision could depend on how long Clifton is expected to be out.——————
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