It's a nice way to reach and out and touch the fans. The Packers annual Tailgate Tour rolled out of the Lambeau Field parking lot Tuesday. President and CEO Mark Murphy along with players Chad Clifton, Nick Collins, James Jones and John Kuhn spend the next week touring the state, visiting with fans, stopping at schools and attending pep rallies. Proceeds help local organizations in each community. Before departing, Clifton talked about how his farm outside Nashville was overrun by flood waters. The 160 farm is located near Chad's hometown of Franklin. While he doesn't have any livestock, the property experienced a lot of water damage with fences and propane tanks washed away. Clifton said he doesn't have flood insurance and the repairs will be costly. Good thing he signed a three year contract extension this off-season. Clifton said he was wooed by the Washington Redskins and was close to leaving before the Packers reached out with a deal that will have him end his career in a Green Bay uniform. Clifton said while he will help number one pick Brian Bulaga along as his eventual successor, he has no designs on giving up his starting job at left tackle just yet.
Guard T.J. Lang had wrist surgery last month. The team never disclosed the operation which was performed on April 5. Lang apparently broke a bone during a practice last December and it never healed properly. He's going to miss the organized team activities and mini-camps but should be ready by the start on training camp in July. Same for safety Derrick Martin. He underwent ankle surgery this off-season and will not take part in the off-season practice schedule.