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Middle Linebacker Barnett Out for the Rest of 08

The Pack are going to have to go at it for the rest of the season without middle linebacker Nick Barnett.  The MLB tore a ligament in his right knee in Sunday’s loss in Minnesota.  “He’s very disappointed,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s unfortunate. But we need to have the other guys step up.”  The team will have to come up with a plan with Barnett out.

One of the options is to promote backup Desmond Bishop, or move one of the outside LB’s – A.J. Hawk or Brandon Chillar to the middle.  “We’ll probably make that call (Tuesday),” McCarthy said.  Bishop played after Barnett went down Sunday.  He was hurt trying to make a tackle on Vikings back Adrian Peterson on the first series of the second half.

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