Lions vs. Packers: 5 Green Bay Backups Who Could Shine

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Lions vs. Packers: 5 Green Bay Backups Who Could Shine
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The 2011 Green Bay Packers are 14-1 and have clinched home-field advantage for the playoffs.  The team is also dealing with numerous injury issues.  It's a safe bet that many of the star players on the Packers will get little, if any at all, playing time against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

That situation will allow a number of players to take advantage of some quality playing time to impress the coaching staff and other interested parties.  I will list five of the players that should get plenty of opportunity to show their abilities and talents.

The game against the Lions will also be an opportunity for LT Chad Clifton to get his first playing time since the Atlanta game back in early October.  Clifton has been out with a severe hamstring injury and also some back issues.  Based on his participation in practice this week, it looks like Clifton should get some very important reps in the game.

Marshall Newhouse has done okay at LT since Clifton's injury, but he has struggled against the likes of Jared Allen, Jason Pierre-Paul and Tamba Hali.  If Clifton can prove that he is completely back to his old form, it would definitely be an upgrade with the playoffs right around the corner.

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