Off-season injury update


Posted Jan 10, 2003


The season's over, but still the bad news on the injury front keeps coming. A dozen Packers failed their year-end physicals, and the outlook for a key player is still unclear.


The dozen Packers players who failed their year-end physicals are:

Gilbert Brown (hip), Tony Carter (shoulder contusion), Chad Clifton (pelvis sprain), Donald Driver (shoulder sprain), Brett Favre (LCL sprain, high-ankle sprain), Ahman Green (quadriceps contusion), Joe Johnson (triceps tear), Bhawoh Jue (hernia), Tod McBride (groin strain), Darren Sharper (MCL sprain), Mark Tauscher (ACL, MCL tear), Frank Winters (knee cartilage tear).

The outlook on left tackle Chad Clifton is on schedule, but still shadowed by some doubt.

Injured in the Packers' 21-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nov. 24), Clifton's rehab is still on a timeline that would have him ready for the start of training camp, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman confirmed Wednesday.

The severity of Clifton's injury, leaves room for doubt.

"We're certainly not anticipating (a setback), but there's a possibility that because of the hit that he took that things may not settle just right," Sherman said.

Clifton suffered separated ligaments in his pelvis as the result of a hit by Warren Sapp away from the play during a Tampa Bay interception return.

Initially unable to walk, Clifton spent the next week in the hospital. He's now in the early stages of rehab.

"He's not taxed himself in the way that you would as a football player," Sherman said of Clifton's rehab. "He's just recovering as if he was a normal person ... But at this juncture there's no anticipation that he won't be ready for the first day of training camp."

Sherman also spoke with optimism about the rehab efforts of defensive end Joe Johnson (triceps) and offensive guard Mark Tauscher (knee). Both are expected to make full recoveries.



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