Packers QB Rodgers, WR Driver practice, probable against Buccaneers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Donald Driver practiced Friday and are probable for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.

Rodgers suffered a sprained toe in last Sunday's 38-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and has been coping with a sprain in his other foot the past few weeks.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers was able to do everything in practice Friday and didn't have limited mobility.

"He took all of his normal reps," McCarthy said. "He did everything. He did the play-action, the movements, the drop back. He took a full day's work."

Rodgers leads all quarterbacks with a passer rating of 110.4, but he's also been sacked a league-high 31 times. He is also the Packers' No. 2 rusher with 188 yards.

The coach said Driver had a good practice after treatment for a neck injury. Driver, the team's top playmaker with 33 catches and three touchdown receptions, had been out this week.

Driver, 34, has a history of playing through injuries. The last time he missed a game for an injury-related reason was Week 2 of the 2003 season.

The Packers also are expected to have veteran tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher ready to play Sunday, possibly as starters. Clifton missed four of the last five games because of an ankle injury. Tauscher could make his season debut, 11 months after he suffered a serious knee injury that required surgery.

Rookie T.J. Lang started in place of Clifton the last two games but was added to the injury report Friday (oblique injury). Lang didn't do much in practice Friday and is questionable for the game.

Allen Barbre took a lot of reps at left tackle. Barbre has been the starter at right tackle since opening day but would be the odd man out if Tauscher gets the nod Sunday.

"I feel good, and I feel like I've put myself in a position to go out and play," Tauscher said.

The Packers re-signed Tauscher as a free agent Oct. 12, nine months after he underwent the operation to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. His workload in practice has gradually increased.

"This whole process has been long and difficult," Tauscher said. "It's always nice when you see things kind of pan out when you put in a lot of work and effort into something. If things do work out (Sunday), I really just want to go out and play well."

If Green Bay winds up having Clifton and Tauscher on the field together for the first time since Tauscher suffered the injury Dec. 7, McCarthy indicated he might be inclined to play it safe with them and use an in-game platoon at both positions.

"You have to be smart on how you use these individuals," McCarthy said. "Just to throw 'em in there and think they're going to play 80 plays or 70 plays, I don't know if that's the right thing to do this week."

Notes: WR Jake Allen was added to the injury report and is questionable. McCarthy said Allen "tweaked" his quadriceps in practice Thursday. Coupled with Driver's status and a knee injury that has Jordy Nelson out for another game, the Packers' only healthy receivers are Greg Jennings and James Jones. ... TE Jermichael Finley (knee), C Jason Spitz (back) and LB Brandon Chillar (hand) won't play Sunday. CB Charles Woodson (hip) is probable for the game.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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