As the Green Bay Packers get set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday, head coach Mike McCarthy spoke with the media per usual on Friday while also providing an injury report for the game.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (concussion) is questionable, as former starting center JC Tretter is in line to start his first game on the right side. Cornerback Davon House has been ruled out for the second straight week after injuring his shoulder against Atlanta.
Here's the full injury report that was released this afternoon:
CB Davon House (shoulder)
RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion)
RB Eddie Lacy (eye)
RG T.J. Lang (ankle)
OLB Clay Matthews (bicep)
OLB Mike Neal (abdomen)
OLB Nick Perry (shoulder)
LG Josh Sitton (toe)
McCarthy spoke about the progression of Bulaga through the NFL's concussion protocol, the improved development at safety for the Packers after last season, and gave his thoughts on wide receiver Jarrett Boykin.
On Bulaga's status for Sunday's game:
As we say here all the time, you're either part of the protocol or you're not apart of the protocol. He's still in it, and he's making progress.
Regarding success being dictated by turnover ratio:
Obviously, if you take care of the football and maximize your opportunities each and every possession, it gives you the best chance to put points on the board. If you're taking the ball away, you're eliminating your opponents opportunity to put points on the board. It's something we commit a lot of time to, it's part of our practice each and every day. For the most part, we've done an excellent job of that. I think last week's the first time we lost the turnover ratio in a long time so, it'll definitely be a focus this week and it's always a focus when you're playing Lovie (Smith), because Lovie's teams have always done a great job of taking the ball away.
On J.C. Tretter's progress at right tackle since coming off injured reserve:
JC's been getting a lot of reps throughout practice, both inside and outside. Obviously he had a lot of reps this week with Bryan not participating. He's getting better. I think at a time you have a player who plays multiple positions, particularity in JC's case, where he missed a lot of time being on PUP (physically unable to perform), this is exactly what he needs. We'll see if we can give him more time this week.
JC's a heck of a football player. I think he's showed that based on what he accomplished from the spring all the way through training camp. He put together some very good plays. We feel good about where JC is right now.
Why is the safety position better this year than last year?
I think you're seeing young players develop. I think Morgan Burnett is having one of his best year's performance wise, but I think it speaks volumes about Morgan Burnett being voted as one of your team captains so, I think that tells you what his peers think of him and really the connection that he has with his teammates. His leadership has been something that's been growing each and every week. I think Micah's (Hyde) a year better, and obviously Sean Richardson's a year better, and having Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix) here, he's done well. I just think those guys playing each and every week, practicing every week and not missing any games is important for any position making progress.
On wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's play:
Jarrett Boykin had the injury, a little set back there. Davante's (Adams) really come on so, I think he's been consistent. I think if you look at his body of work, you have to recognize what he's done on special teams. He's not getting many opportunites as he did last year, and I think that's apart of the opportunities that have been presented to Davante.
We'll have more coverage to get you set for this weekend's game up tomorrow.