The Green Bay Packers have lost veteran left tackle Chad Clifton after he suffered a significant hamstring injury in Sunday night’s 25-14 win in Atlanta. Coach Mike McCarthy delivered the news during his Monday news conference.
AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on Chad Clifton’s hamstring injury :14
The Packers must now move on without Clifton. Second year tackle Bryan Bulaga will be re-evaluated today. There’s a chance he could return to the lineup on Sunday. Assuming Bulaga can return, that means the other tackle spot will be held down by either second year tackle Marshall Newhouse or this years top draft pick, Derek Sherrod.
AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on the play of Sherrod and Newhouse on Sunday :19
If Bryan Bulaga isn’t ready to return to action for this week’s game against the St. Louis Rams, then Newhouse and Sherrod would both get starts.
Newhouse started the last two games for Bulaga at right tackle but Sunday moved to left tackle when Clifton went down. Neither coach Mike McCarthy or offensive coordinator Joe Philbin would reveal the plan for their tackles this week.
As for Clifton, it’s wait and see. There’s a chance he could be lost to the Packers for the season.