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Clifton Recently Underwent Back Surgery

Left tackle Chad Clifton recently underwent back surgery, head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed at the Combine.

“I want to see how he comes out of that,” McCarthy said according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “That will be a benefit. I saw him right after surgery. He said it was weird . . . that he had instant relief.”

Clifton, 35, was limited to six games during the 2011 regular season by a partially torn hamstring and is entering the final season of a three-year, $19.3875 million contract that did not include a signing or option bonus. The Packers have used first-round picks on offensive tackles Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod, who is coming off a serious leg injury, in back-to-back drafts and would clear over $5.5 million in cap space by releasing Clifton.


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