Packers head coach Mike McCarthy took the podium for his usual Friday media availability with some fairly positive injury news.
According to McCarthy, both right tackle Bryan Bulaga and slot corner Casey Hayward are officially listed as questionable. Neither played a snap during the Packers' Week 2 win over the New York Jets, but after positive reports from practice both stand a decent chance of suiting up this week in Detroit.
Here's the full injury report for Green Bay:
DB Micah Hyde (knee)
OT Bryan Bulaga (knee)
CB Casey Hayward (glute)
LB Brad Jones (quad)
LB Andy Mulumba (knee)
As for the Lions, they'll be without a handful of key players and could be missing a few more. Here's the report for Detroit:
RB Joique Bell
S Don Carey
DE Ezekiel Ansah
DT Nick Fairley
DE George Johnson
S James Ihedigbo
FB Montell Owens
LB Travis Lewis
CB Cassius Vaughn
T LaAdrian Waddle
That's a long injury report. Of the players listed as out, Waddle is the Lions' starting right tackle and Vaughn is the team's primary slot corner. Among the other injured players, Ihedigbo is the Lions' starting strong safety, while Ansah and Fairley are starters on the defensive line, with George Johnson being listed as Ansah's backup on the depth chart.
With the Lions missing several of their top defensive backs, that should lead to promising matchups for the Packers' receivers. Randall Cobb especially should have an advantage in the slot, as the Lions will be down to one of their last options in the slot - Bill Bentley and rookie Nevin Lawson are both on injured reserve, and with Vaughn out Detroit is scraping the bottom of the barrel for reserve cornerbacks.
When Detroit has the ball, look for the Packers to attack the right side with Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews, as guard Garrett Reynolds is projected to start in Waddle's place. Reynolds played fairly well for the Falcons at right guard the past few years, but was credited with a pair of sacks allowed last week. Cornelius Lucas, the Lions' other reserve tackle, also gave up a sack in brief action against Carolina.
It certainly appears that the Lions' injury report will be significantly more impactful than the Packers, even if Bryan Bulaga and Casey Hayward are forced to miss the game.