Monday, July 31, 2006

The Tale of Two Tackles...and More from Camp

What had once appeared early this Spring to be a position of depth for the Packers has already become...well...not so good. The offensive tackle position has gone from looking good to...well...not so good.

Of course, the Pack lost Kevin Barry for the season in June with a ruptured quadriceps tendon. Last season's free agent pick-up -- and perpetually injured -- Adrian Klemm ruptured his right Achilles' tendon Saturday in practice. (Am I the only one who wonders why we ever signed this guy with his injury history???) And -- you guessed it -- he's toast, out for the season too. Klemm was to back up Chad Clifton. Now? Not. Let's just hope Cliffie continues to be the iron man he has been for at least one more season. Otherwise, the Pack could decide to move Mark Tauscher to left tackle if Cliffie gets injured. Other options include second-year lineman Will Whitticker, who struggled last year when he had to play right guard, as well as undrafted rookie Josh Bourke and fifth-round pick Tony Moll. So expect to see lots of player combinations on the O-line during training camp and preseason games. Hopefully, the young players can get up to speed and step in as they will need to do to protect Brett and open holes for the running backs.

Speaking of Brett, he sat out yesterday's practice. Apparently had a slightly sprained ankle on Saturday, but practiced through surpirse there. When Coach McCarthy was asked how he had sprained it, McCarthy is reported to have said, "old age."

Other than D-tackle Ryan Pickett having a car accident leaving the parking lot on Friday, bumping his head, and receiving a ticket for...does it matter?...the first few days of practice proceded without incident...kinda.