The Green Bay Packers would certainly love to get their starting right tackle back on the field this week, but an illness has kept him sidelined for a second straight practice on Thursday. Bryan Bulaga, who is working on returning from an ankle sprain, missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, and he reportedly was unable to practice on Thursday again due to the same issue.
In his press conference prior to practice, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the bug that is keeping Bulaga out: the flu. McCarthy said Bulaga was sent home upon his arrival at the team facilities, primarily to avoid him spreading the virus to his teammates. However, he did not rule out Bulaga’s availability for Sunday, saying that the team would “take the week” to fully evaluate him and determine if he is able to play.
Joining Bulaga in missing practice on Thursday was the same pair of players who missed Wednesday’s session: outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and backup tackle Jason Spriggs. Brooks was watching practice, however, a sign that he is making at least some progress through the concussion protocol.
Ultimately, every Packers player who showed up on the Wednesday injury report had the same status on Thursday. However, a pair of Packers were added to the report as limited participants: defensive tackle and destroyer of worlds Mike Daniels was limited with a hip issue, while safety Kentrell Brice has concerns to a quadricep and a knee.
Here’s the full report:
Did Not Participate
- OLB Ahmad Brooks (concussion)
- OT Bryan Bulaga (ankle/illness)
- OT Jason Spriggs (hamstring)
- DT Montravius Adams (foot)
- OT David Bakhtiari (hamstring)
- S Kentrell Brice (quad/knee)
- DT Mike Daniels (hip)