Posted by Josh Katzowitz
With today's news that Packers placed RT Mark Tauscher on the IR list, ending his season, there is one big question moving forward for the 11-year veteran (all in Green Bay):
Is his career finished?
Certainly, Tauscher has been injury prone the past half-decade. He’s played in 16 games only once in the past five seasons (in 2007), and this year, bothered by a bad shoulder, he only managed to participate in four contests.
Since he was injured Oct. 3, the Packers have inserted rookie first-round pick Bryan Bulaga into the starting lineup. The results have been mixed. Early on, he struggled, particularly against Miami’s Cameron Wake, but Bulaga has continued to improve the more he’s been on the field.
Lately, he’s showed he’s more than capable of replacing Tauscher. Not bad for a guy who was slated to play LT originally.
Going back to the original question, it’s hard to say if Tauscher is done playing in the NFL. I'd lean toward probably not. But despite the fact he signed a two-year contract in the offseason, it looks like his time in Green Bay might be over, especially with the way Bulaga has progressed.
“Despite long odds, Mark has been battling this shoulder injury in an effort to get back on the field,” Packers GM Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team today. “His work ethic and motivation have been tremendous but the injury has been too severe to overcome. He is a team leader and will be an important part of our team as we go through the stretch run of our season.”
Nothing, of course, was said about next season.
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