The loss of Chad Clifton to injury has opened the door for Derek Sherrod. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Chad Clifton injury opens the door for Sherrod

The good news from last night’s convincing win over the Atlanta Falcons … was just that … it was a convincing win over the team that many, Including Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, said would win the Super Bowl.

Now after being plucked by both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers from the NFC North, it’s clear that Atlanta resides in the weaker division.

But I digress …

What was bad about last night’s win was the loss of left tackle Chad Clifton to what’s now being called a “significant” hamstring injury.

Clifton’s leadership and experience will be missed along the offensive line, but this is the ultimate fact of life in the National Football League … injuries are a factor with which all teams deal.

And judging from the initial performance by rookie Derek Sherrod, there is a silver lining in all this.

Being thrown into the fire against one of the better teams in the NFC probably wasn’t what the Packers’ coaching staff had envisioned in bringing the rookie along, but hey, sometimes it just happens that way.

And Sherrod, like Marshall Newhouse a couple of weeks ago, rose to the occasion and played pretty well, thank you very much.

This type of situation has come around way too often in Green Bay, as we all know. But how this team and coaching staff prepares for the inevitable is rather uncanny. There seems to be little, if any, drop-off in performance when these things happen in Green Bay … as it should be.

The only question to ask should be, “who’s next?”

We all knew that Clifton probably wouldn’t make it through another complete NFL season … this day was bound to arrive. So, now that it has, it’s good to see that the machine keeps rolling.

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