Packers Will Release Chad Clifton, According To Report

CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 23: Chad Clifton #76 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field to the locker room after an apparent injury in the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on January 23 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Packers plan to release OT Chad Clifton after he failed a physical, according to a report.

The Green Bay Packers will be parting ways with longtime left tackle Chad Clifton, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Clifton failed a physical after having back surgery in the offseason. Per Schefter, it's unclear whether Clifton will play again.

Clifton has been in Green Bay for over a decade after the Packers selected him in the second round of the 2000 NFL draft. He's been the everyday starter at left tackle since that point. He played just six games in 2011 due to an injury.

Clifton was due over $5 million in salary in 2012, which now comes off the books. He was attending the start of the Packers offseason workouts, but with a failed physical he'll now be playing elsewhere, if at all.

That this moves comes before the NFL draft makes you wonder if the Packers are now thinking of picking an offensive lineman in the draft, which starts on Thursday.

For more news and notes on the Green Bay Packers, visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company.

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