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Packers LT Chad Clifton Out For Several Weeks

The injury suffered by Green Bay Packers LT Chad Clifton looked bad on Sunday night, but the good news is that it's not season ending. The bad news is that it is so severe that it should keep him out of action for several weeks.

The Press-Gazette reported that Mike McCarthy expects it'll take a couple of weeks until the medical staff can even determine the extent of the injury. The Packers have a recent tendency to hold back players with hamstring injuries until they're certain it's fully healed, so don't expect an early return for Clifton.

In the meantime, new LT Marshall Newhouse did a fine job as his replacement. While the wonderful NBC announcers were explaining how it was a disadvantage that he was forced to switch from right to left, Newhouse played a lot of left tackle in the preseason, so it's not unfamiliar territory for him.

Rookie 1st round RT Derek Sherrod didn't play quite as well, he struggled on a couple early snaps, but obviously he has a lot of talent and should improve with more experience. However, he might be sent back to the bench as soon as next Sunday because RT Bryan Bulaga could be ready to return against the Rams. He almost made it back last week. Maybe the most important point about Bulaga's return is that they are now very thin on the offensive line without him.