Packers' Clifton may miss game vs. LionsWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ left tackle Chad Clifton had signs of a concussion on Monday – but he has not been ruled out of Sunday’s contest at Detroit.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ left tackle Chad Clifton had signs of a concussion on Monday – but he has not been ruled out of Sunday’s contest at Detroit.
Coach Mike McCarthy said there was no indication after last week’s win over San Francisco that Clifton had anything wrong. But after having his normal evaluation with team doctors, the concussion symptoms showed up on Monday. Yesterday, Clifton took part in a jog-through at practice – an indication that he’ll be ready for Sunday.
Defensive end Cullen Jenkins and fullback Korey Hall have been ruled out of Sunday’s contest. Also, safeties Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith and corner Pat Lee did not practice yesterday. Clifton was a limited participant, along with Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, Ryan Pickett, and Charles Woodson – all nursing lingering injuries. Five Detroit players did not practice yesterday, including running back Jahvid Best and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. All told, 23 players were on the Green Bay and Detroit injury reports yesterday. The Packers are 8-4 as they get ready to play the 2-10 Lions.
Three Packers lead the NFC’s Pro Bowl fan voting at their respective positions. Clay Matthews is the leader at outside linebacker with 285-thousand votes. Charles Woodson tops all corners in the fan voting with 236-thousand. And left tackle Chad Clifton leads his position 112-thousand-500. Aaron Rodgers is second in the voting at quarterback behind Michael Vick of Philadelphia. Players are being picked for the annual AFC-NFC All-Star Game to be played the week before the Super Bowl in Honolulu. The fan voting ends later this month. It counts for one-third of the total vote, with players and coaches accounting for the rest.
Al Harris is out for the year. The Miami Dolphins placed the former long-time Packer on injured reserve yesterday after just three games in which he had only two tackles. The 36-year-old Harris blew out his left knee 12-and-a-half months ago. The Pro Bowler sat out the Packers’ first six games of the season – and then he practiced for three weeks before Green Bay cut him. Harris signed with Miami soon afterward.