Packers in discussion with former OT Tauscher

Help could be on the way for the Green Bay Packers offensive line. Sources tell NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora the team is in discussions with free agent OT Mark Tauscher.

Tauscher, a longtime starter at right tackle for the Packers, has recovered from season-ending surgery a year ago to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. The former seventh-round pick of the Packers started 120 out of 122 career games during nine seasons (2000-08), all in Green Bay.

Green Bay surrendered eight sacks in Monday night’s 30-23 loss to Minnesota and has now given up 20 sacks this season, by far most in the NFL.

The Packers have been without starting LT Chad Clifton for the last two games due to a high-ankle sprain, which has resulted in a shift along the offensive line. For the second straight game, Scott Wells was inserted into the lineup at center, with regular center Jason Spitz shifting to left guard and guard Daryn Colledge sliding to left tackle. The results were ominous for the Packers, as the Vikings’ Jared Allen exploited the matchups for 4.5 sacks, including a safety.

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