Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't need to see much to be optimistic that Chad Clifton will be able to play Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
The veteran tackle has had little work since injuring a hamstring in Green Bay’s victory over Detroit on Nov. 26, but McCarthy liked what he saw in practice on Saturday.
“I feel better about him today than I did two days ago,” McCarthy said of Clifton, who is listed as probable for the game despite having limited work throughout the week.
“I feel very good the way he came out of the week,” McCarthy said. “Today, the way he responded to his work yesterday was definitely a positive. We’ll see how the next 50 hours go, but he looks like he has a chance to be ready to go.”
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Rookie T.J. Lang is Clifton’s backup and has gained starting experience at both tackle spots in recent weeks, but is questionable for the game because of a concussion he sustained in practice Thursday.
He didn’t practice the last two days.
If neither Clifton nor Lang is available, the Packers could turn to Allen Barbre, who lost the starting job at right tackle at midseason after the team re-signed veteran Mark Tauscher.
Barbre took most of the first-string reps at left tackle the last couple days.
“If my name’s called (Monday), I’m definitely going to be ready and go out there and fill in,” Barbre said.
He acknowledged that he’s hungry to contribute following his demotion after seven games because of inconsistent play and then being inactive the last two games because of an ankle injury.
Barbre has played at left guard and right tackle in his first three pro seasons with the Packers. He also has experience at left tackle, making all but one of his 36 starts there for Missouri Southern State.
Minnesota authorities say Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian was cited for driving 104 mph in a 60-mph zone, days after police clocked teammate Adrian Peterson going 109 mph in a 55-mph area.
Minnesota State Patrol Capt. Matt Langer said Berrian was cited for speeding on I-694 in Oakdale.
Restraining order for Suggs
A woman has taken out a temporary restraining order against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.
The document was filed in District Court of Maryland on Friday.
The order dictates that Suggs cannot abuse, contact or enter the residence of the woman, pending a court hearing on Dec. 11.