GREEN BAY – Chad Clifton is 35 years old, and with no more two-a-day practices on the veteran left tackle’s schedule – where he could participate in one and rest during the other – the Green Bay Packers are taking a cautious approach with him in camp.
For Monday night’s first in-pads practice, Clifton took part in individual drills and other early-practice work but spent the team drills with ice on his left knee. Having battled knee and shoulder injuries throughout the latter stages of his career, Clifton will be on a modified schedule all camp long, coach Mike McCarthy said.
Rookie first-round pick Derek Sherrod and 2010 fifth-round pick Marshall Newhouse will reap the benefits of limiting Clifton’s snaps, as both got extensive work at left tackle Monday night, including Newhouse working with the No. 1 offensive line.
Sherrod is working as the No. 1 left guard and then serving as the No. 2 left tackle, so he’s getting a ton of reps.
“That’s really nothing unusual with (Clifton),” McCarthy said after practice. “The focus for Chad was to work the individual drills and not do any of the team work. It’s two-fold: Just where he is physically, and also the ability to get more reps at the left tackle spot with Marshall and Derek and continue the rotation of (Derek and) T.J. and eventually try to get Nick (McDonald) in there at left guard. We’re just trying to maximize those reps for those young guys.”
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