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Packer Links: A Day Off, First Cuts Coming Soon, and Injuries to Bulaga and Matthews

Apparently Mike McCarthy was so happy with the 59-24 drubbing of the Colts that he gave them Friday off. They'll be back to work on Saturday, but no there's no practice scheduled, so nothing for us to see. Only three more practices are open to the public, on Sunday through Tuesday, leading up the final preseason game at Kansas City on Thursday, September 2nd. 

The rosters have to be cut down to 75 by Tuesday, August 31st. So there will be some releases made soon. They might cut a veteran like OL Allen Barbre, if they know he won't make the 53-man roster, and they want to give him a chance to catch on with another team before training camp ends. They might give all the rookies and undrafted free agents that are on the bubble another chance in the last preseason game.

One key injury is the hip flexor injury to LT Bryan Bulaga. According to the Press-Gazette, it's not known when he'll return to practice or whether he'll play in the final preseason game. Since LG Daryn Colledge has played well this preseason there might be no need to rush Bulaga back into the left guard competition.

It's not official, but according to the Press-Gazette, it looks like LB Clay Matthews in on track to return to practice next week and play in the final preseason game. That would mean he's following the same schedule as last year (miss nearly the entire preseason with a bad hamstring, but play in the final preseason game). Obviously there's nothing wrong with that if it means he'll play in 2010 like he did in 2009.