The Green Bay Packers had hoped to return at least one of their starting offensive tackles for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears. However, the team's Wednesday injury report suggests that both David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga will miss the NFC North tilt.
Officially, the Packers list Bakhtiari and Bulaga as doubtful, leaving some rhetorical wiggle room for either to play on game day. But in practice, the team has rarely allowed such player to suit up, with all seven listed with that designation sitting out last weekend's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Assuming Bakhtiari and Bulaga don't change that trend, Green Bay will play its fourth straight game without its five preferred starters along the offensive line.
The news compounds an already tenuous situation at offensive tackle in which three backups -- Jason Spriggs, Don Barclay, and Kyle Murphy -- now reside on injured reserve. With Bakhtiari and Bulaga all but certain to miss the game, the Packers would likely start Justin McCray and either Adam Pankey or Ulrick John at the O-line's two bookend spots.
The injury news appears better elsewhere on the roster. The Packers listed defensive tackle Mike Daniels and edge rusher Nick Perry as questionable after missing Week 3 with hip and hand injuries respectively. Perry practiced this week with a club over his affected arm, something he also did last season while playing through a different hand injury.
Meanwhile, Randall Cobb has no injury designation, meaning the wideout will play this week. Cobb missed a game with a shoulder injury.
The full injury report:
· Davon House, CB (quad)
· David Bakhtiari, T (hamstring)
· Bryan Bulaga, T (ankle)
· Mike Daniels, DT (hip)
· Nick Perry, LB (hand)