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Bryan Bulaga Injury Update: Packers tackle upgraded to Probable for week 16

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The veteran tackle is now likely to play, after it appears that he has completed the NFL's concussion protocol.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers got some good news along the injury front on Saturday morning. Starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a concussion late in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills, when he was blindsided by a hit from a Bills defender on an interception return. Bulaga's replacement, JC Tretter, played moderately well until allowing a sack-strip of Aaron Rodgers on the final offensive play.

If Bulaga cannot play, Tretter would make his first NFL start against the Buccaneers on Sunday in week 16.

However, the good news is that Bulaga has been upgraded from Questionable (as he was initially listed on Friday's injury report) to Probable as of Saturday morning. This is likely a sign that the fifth-year veteran has completed the league's concussion protocol and was able to practice in some fashion on Saturday. With the Buccaneers' defensive line hampered by injury, the Packers' offensive line should be able to put in a solid performance, but that would be even more likely if Bulaga is able to play.

Bulaga ranks 11th in the NFL among offensive tackles in Pass Blocking Efficiency, a measure of overall pass protection, according to Pro Football Focus. He has been credited with just three sacks allowed and one additional quarterback hit this season.