Of critical importance is the availability of several injured Packers, most notably running back Eddie Lacy (who received a concussion last week against Seattle) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who suffered a sprain of the MCL in his right knee. In a bit of a surprise, Lacy was not practicing, while Bulaga was limited today, as we learned from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein:
#Packers practice: Lacy, Brad Jones out. Bulaga, Bostick taking part. Bulaga with a big brace on knee and moving very gingerly. Lacy present— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 10, 2014
Bulaga's efforts to practice are a good sign for his long-term availability, though the fact that he was described as moving "gingerly" does not suggest that he'll be ready for Sunday's game. At this point, it seems reasonable to expect that Derek Sherrod will start in Bulaga's place against the Jets.
As for Lacy, the NFL's concussion protocol has become very strict over the past couple of years, and he is most likely continuing to work through the steps of that process. It's far too early to rule him out for Sunday, though it would be unwise to assume that he'll be 100% ready to go by that time.
The return of tight end Brandon Bostick is a good sign, though, as the Packers struggled to get much going with their tight ends a week ago. As the most athletic player at the position on the roster, Bostick will likely be called upon as a target for Aaron Rodgers if he can play this Sunday, and against a Jets secondary with question marks, he could be a useful weapon.
Finally, we come to inside linebacker Brad Jones. His absence at practice calls into question his health once again, as he had a quad injury leading up to the opener but played every defensive snap of the game. It's possible that Packers fans may get to see a heavy dose of Jamari Lattimore (and possibly Sam Barrington as the dime linebacker) on Sunday if Jones' health issues continue to keep him off the field.
One other injury note that is worth mentioning is that rookie cornerback Demetri Goodson also practiced on Wednesday, as he is also coming back from a concussion. Of course, if he is active on Sunday, he would likely be limited to special teams work.
Stay tuned for more this afternoon as we bring you the highlights from head coach Mike McCarthy's press conference.