The Green Bay Packers got some good news on the injury front on Wednesday, as the team practiced for the first time in preparation for their week five game against the St. Louis Rams. That good news came in the form of right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who has been sidelined for the past few weeks with a sprained MCL.
Bulaga's injury, which took place during practice after the week one win over the Bears, was originally projected to keep him out through the Packers' week seven bye week. However, his recovery appears to be ahead of schedule, as he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
Here are comments from Bulaga himself, as told to beat writers after the practice session:
#Packers RT Bryan Bulaga said things went well in practice today, but pads tomorrow will be a bigger test and he'll be evaluated after that.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 7, 2015
Bulaga: "It’s going to be a day-by-day evaluation. Today was the first day of it. We’re going to go into it tomorrow and see how it feels."— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 7, 2015
It still appears a long shot that Bulaga could play this Sunday against the Rams, but he still seems to be progressing well. Though Don Barclay has given his best effort in filling in for Bulaga, he has struggled in pass protection.
Talented pass-rushers are on the Packers' schedule over the next few weeks - in week five they get the Rams' Robert Quinn and Chris Long, while week 8's game against the Broncos features DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. Having Bulaga back for any or all of those games would be a big help on the line.
The Packers' Wednesday injury report featured nine total names, including Bulaga's. Here's the full report:
Did Not Participate
WR Davante Adams (ankle)
S Morgan Burnett (calf)
ILB Jake Ryan (hamstring)
OT Bryan Bulaga (knee)
WR Randall Cobb (shoulder)
CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring)
WR James Jones (hamstring)
OLB Jayrone Elliott (quad)
LB Clay Matthews (quad)