Packers Missing Two Starters
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Green Bay offensive lineman Mark Tauscher will be out up to eight weeks with a knee injury and Ahman Green, the NFC’s leading rusher, could also miss the Packers’ game Sunday at Detroit.
Tauscher partially tore a ligament in his right knee in Sunday’s loss at New Orleans. Tauscher, who could have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday, will be replaced at right tackle by Earl Dotson.
Green, who has 236 yards rushing this season, strained his quad tendon and his knee flared up during the loss to the Saints.
Packers coach Mike Sherman said Monday he was unsure if Green could play against the Lions, and if he can’t, Rondell Mealey will make his first NFL start.
The Packers are confident Dotson, who started at right tackle from 1995-99, can be a competent replacement for Tauscher.
The question is whether Dotson’s chronically injured back can hold up.
``That is a concern,″ Sherman said. ``He came out of this game good and that’s all I can judge it by. We have to be careful what we ask him to do in practice.″
With center Frank Winters already playing for Mike Flanagan (broken thumb), Dotson is the line’s most-experienced backup.
``I was told I would be an insurance policy and I guess it’s time to cash it in,″ Dotson said.