Green Bay Packers Sign Veteran Mark Tauscher To Aid Beleaguered Offensive Line

Thaddeus WalkContributor IOctober 12, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 21: Mark Tauscher #65 of the Green Bay Packers gets ready on the line during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 21, 2006 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 9-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In order to supplement an injury-racked offensive line that has allowed an NFL-worst 20 sacks so far this year, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has re-signed an old friend, inking nine-year Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher.

"He's played a ton of football for us," McCarthy said at a press conference last week of Tauscher, who was a fan favorite in Green Bay before suffering a major knee injury last December and being left off the 2009 roster. "He's played in this scheme from day one. Just to have his experience back is asset."

Tauscher will compete with Allen Barbre for the starting right tackle position, but with the issues the OL's edges have had this year, Barbre is expected to be on the bench Sunday when the Packers host division rival Detroit at Lambeau Field.

Tauscher was picked in the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Packers, and played in 66 games over the next nine seasons before tearing his ACL against Houston last year.

CB/KR Will Blackmon was placed on the injured reserve list to make room on the roster, ending his season after a knee injury sustained against the Vikings in Week Four.