Originally written on Packers Notes  |  Last updated 4/23/12
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Left tackle protected QBs in Green Bay for 12 seasons It took a little longer than expected, but the Green Bay Packers finally released Chad Clifton on Monday afternoon. The veteran left tackle missed 10 games last season with a severe hamstring injury and then underwent minor back surgery in February. He reportedly failed his physical upon arriving for the start of offseason workouts last week. Whatever the reason, moving on from Clifton is absolutely the right thing to do. Clifton, who was originally drafted in the second round in 2000, started 140 games for the Packers and went to a pair of Pro Bowls. His excellent play in 2010 helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV, but his re-emergence as a premier left tackle was short-lived. The former Tennessee standout looked to be running on fumes early last season – even before getting hurt in week 5. His run blocking – never a strength – was worse than ever, and he was even struggling to hold up against mediocre defensive linemen in pass p...
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