Saturday, October 3, 2009

Why Declare Clifton Out Early?

The Green Bay Packers stated that it is "very unlikely" that left tackle Chad Clifton will suit up against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night (source: here). Outside of how much this hurts the Packers (no pun intended) chance of beating the Vikings on Monday Night, I am baffled by this disclosure on Saturday morning on two levels. First, General Manager Ted Thompson and the Packers usually do not disclose ANY information. Thompson is the master of keeping his thoughts to himself. Second, Thompson and the Packers would not be breaking any NFL rules as long as they disclose Clifton's practice status as mandated by the NFL. Barring a miraculous recovery, the much maligned 2009 Packers Offensive Line looks to be even weaker on Monday Night against the Minnesota Vikings if Clifton is unable to play.

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