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Veterans Clifton and Tauscher will likely start at tackle Sunday at Tampa Bay

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It's very possible that veteran tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher will both start for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Tampa Bay.

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Clifton was the starter at left tackle before he hurt his right ankle in late September.

But for only the second time since then, he was a full participant at practice Wednesday - and the coaches said he looked healthy.

Tauscher took the majority of snaps at right tackle for the first time since he re-joined the team last month.

If he plays, Allen Barbre will lose the starting job he's had all year at that spot. Coach Mike McCarthy said Barbre has done some good things.

But Tauscher is considered a much steadier performer and McCarthy says the only question is whether he's really back to 100 percent following his major knee injury from last December.

The coach said the Tauscher, 31, looked good at practice.

And he wants to see more from the two veterans before deciding on the lineup for the Buccaneers.

If both play, the Packers would have their fifth different offensive line combination this season.

But McCarthy is trying to cut down on the 31 sacks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That's the most in the NFL.

The Packers are still not sure when center Jason Spitz can return.

He continues to suffer from a lower back injury that's kept him out for almost a month.

Coach Mike McCarthy says Spitz is not making progress, but the coaches want to give him every chance to get better before they consider putting him on injured reserve for the year.

McCarthy said tight end Jermichael Finley would probably not practice this week, as he continues to get over a knee injury suffered almost two weeks ago at Cleveland.

Corner Charles Woodson also sat out practice with a hip problem.

And receiver Donald Driver did not take part in Wednesday's workout due to a neck injury.

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