On Injured Packers and Erik Walden

Mike McCarthy revealed a new injury for the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday: LT Chad Clifton suffered a back injury recently. It wasn't made clear how the injury happened, but it's new. They expected him back at practice by now, and the new injury has made that impossible. With LT Marshall Newhouse playing well in his absence, there's no reason to rush him back. However, depending on when Clifton is ready to return later this season, it's hard to tell what his role might be. Or whether he'll be handed back his starting job.

Also RG Josh Sitton was ruled out, but that's been expected all week. No decision has been made on either LB Desmond Bishop or LB A.J. Hawk. They'll sit out Thursday and be re-evaluated on Friday.

I didn't have any reason to believe that LB Erik Walden wouldn't start against the Giants, and now they've confirmed it. No discipline for his arrest should be expected until after this week. Ironically, if Walden couldn't play, LB Frank Zombo should be active next Sunday, and they would have been covered. Walden should start, but he'll share time with Zombo.

None of these injuries have concerned me because they have good backups available. Who's absence would concern you the most on Sunday?

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