- The Green Bay Packers rested on Sunday after their Saturday night scrimmage at Lambeau Field. They were back at practice on Monday, with two-a-days scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday. Those are their only practices open to the public this week. Their first preseason game is coming up on Saturday.
Clay Matthews has a hamstring. I would estimate probably at least two weeks.
If there's a silver lining it's that he injured it last preseason but it did little to hold him back during the regular season.
Bryan Bulaga, we felt to this point that he has earned an opportunity to compete for a starting position. Our intent throughout the spring and going into training camp was to work him exclusively at left tackle. I have been very impressed with his body of work to this point, and we’re going to give him an opportunity to compete with Daryn Colledge and Allen Barbre at the left guard position.
I'm surprised. I expected the Packers would remain stubborn and refuse to play him anywhere other than left tackle. What doesn't surprise me is that he's earned the right to compete because he's looked good in the brief clips I've seen of him, and the Packers haven't had an elite player at left guard since LG Mike Wahle left in 2005. I'm not sure why McCarthy felt the need to include Barbre because Greg Bedard doesn't expect he'll make the 53-man roster. Also, he expects OL Jason Spitz will become the "utility" backup at center and both guard positions, with Bulaga backing up at LT and LG. Overall it's not a big change, Colledge is still at the top of the depth chart, but Bulaga has stuck his foot in the door and now at least has a chance.