Although the Green Bay Packers have seen a few players come on and off the practice field during training camp due to injury, no single injury so far has the potential to be more impactful than the one Bryan Bulaga suffered on Wednesday. One of the few question mark on the Packers’ offense is the depth on the offensive line, and with Bulaga’s health now uncertain for the start of the season, the team appears likely to need to dip into that depth for the starting lineup.
If they do so, there’s not even a certainty which second-year pro will be taking those starting snaps, as a pair of players — Kyle Murphy and Jason Spriggs — are candidates to take over the job. One has been earning praise for a good camp, while the other has struggled mightily in preseason games.
Meanwhile, the team also is dealing with a rookie draft pick who has been going through struggles of his own. Kofi Amichia was always looked at as a long-term project after being drafted out of USF, but that project may take a bit longer than coaches and fans had hoped.
While the offensive line is dealing with injuries, the defense looks primed to get a few contributors back on the field soon. Fourth-round pick Vince Biegel has been eagerly awaiting his debut for the Packers after starting the preseason on the PUP list, and although the regular-season PUP is an option, signs are pointing to the team doctors clearing him before week one.
Check out those items and much more in today’s curds.
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Bryan Bulaga's injury leaves some big question marks on the right side of the Packers' line. The question isn't just when he will return; we also don't know who will replace him while he's out.
Packers Camp Insider: Sixth-round pick Kofi Amichia struggling | Packersnews.com
While Murphy looks to lock up the backup right tackle job and Jason Spriggs tries to bounce back from a rough pair of preseason games, Amichia — the lone offensive lineman in this year’s draft class — has been struggling mightily. It appears that he’s now behind rookie UDFA Geoff Gray and would be more likely to be on the Packers’ practice squad than the 53.
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The notable item here involves the players who didn't practice but who were working out on the sidelines. Those players are Vince Biegel, Demetri Goodson, and Davon House, all of whom might make returns to practice in the near future.
Reviewing the Packers’ options with rookie LB Vince Biegel | Packers Wire
While Biegel (and Goodson, for that matter) remains a candidate for the regular-season PUP list, the above report about his sideline work and the tweet below from a sportswriter in Madison suggest that he'll practice sometime next week and be ready for the team's final preseason game.
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Montgomery has known about his condition for a while but missed the game in Atlanta last year after having some complications believed to be associated with it. Other players have chosen not to play in the high altitude in Denver in the past, but the Packers running back isn't going to be one of them.
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The Packers have been one of the more stable franchises in the NFL over the past 30 years. If that surprises you, you probably haven't been paying attention to the rest of the league.