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Packers Release LT Chad Clifton

The Packers have send long time offensive tackle Chad Clifton packing, as today he was cut by the team.

“Chad is a great Packer and has been an integral part of our success over the past 12 seasons,” Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson said in a statement. “He was a member of some of the most prolific offenses in team history, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. We thank Chad for all that he has given the Packers on the field and in the community and wish him and his family well.”

Clifton was a A second-round pick in 2000 by the Pack and is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. His 165 games played at tackle rank second only to Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg in team history.

A starter on the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV team, Clifton is probably best known for absorbing a then-legal blindside block from Buccaneers DT Warren Sapp in 2002 which left Clifton in the hospital with a season-ending pelvis injury.

The Pack have taken tackles in the first round of the past two drafts (Bryan Bulaga in 2010, Derek Sherrod in 2011) and also has Marshall Newhouse, who started 13 games in place of injured Clifton last year, on the roster.

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