When Chad Clifton (Left Tackle) went out of the game against the Atlanta Falcons with a “significant” hamstring injury the entire state of Wisconsin took a collective “gasp.” Bryan Bulaga was already missing due to a knee injury and who would fill the spot that protects Aaron Rodgers’ backside?
Welcome to the lineup Marshall Newhouse, second year lineman out of Texas Christian University (TCU). 6’4” – 319 lbs. Listed as a guard on the draft board when drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2010 draft.
Newhouse has played very well against some of the best pass rushing defensive linemen and linebackers in the league in his three weeks of play. He has done so well that Bulaga did not step into the spot when he came back but continued duty on the right side of the line.
As I said earlier, I was horrified to see Clifton injured but were we really expecting him to make it through the entire season? Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for the 12-year veteran and wish he could play forever but reality is what it is. His career will end someday and we may be at that point. Only time will tell.
The good news is that we have depth behind our veterans. The scouting department and Ted Thompson do an outstanding job of looking to the future and preparing the franchise for the year(s) to come.