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Packers' right tackle Mark Tauscher ready to play Sunday at Tampa Bay

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Packers' right tackle Mark Tauscher ready to play Sunday at Tampa Bay
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Green Bay Packers' right tackle Mark Tauscher says he won't know if his performance level is back to 100 percent until he plays in a real game.

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He's expected to make his first start in almost a year on Sunday, when the Packers play at Tampa Bay.

Tauscher, a 10th year pro, re-signed with Green Bay a month ago after having surgery to fix a knee ligament he tore last December.

Many fans see Tauscher as a savior for an offensive line that's given up a league-high 31 quarterback sacks this year.

Tauscher says it's obvious the pass protection needs to improve but he says the whole unit is responsible, and all he can do is go out and play hard.

Tauscher, 32, is expected to replace Allen Barbre as the starter at right tackle. Meanwhile, the Packers have not said who will replace the injured Brandon Chillar in the nickel defense on passing downs.

But linebacker Desmond Bishop says he's been told that A.J. Hawk was chosen over him.

Chillar broke a hand last Sunday against Minnesota. Meanwhile, former linebacker Spencer Havner is expected to replace tight end Jermichael Finley again on Sunday.

Havner has caught three touchdown passes in his last two contests.

Tight ends coach Ben McAdoo says Finley is getting close to recovering from the knee injury he suffered at Cleveland.

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