Jason Spriggs may be in for a long afternoon on Sunday. Based on the Green Bay Packers’ first injury report of the week from Wednesday, the team’s backup offensive tackle appears headed for the starting lineup and a matchup with Khalil Mack this weekend.
That is because starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed practice on Wednesday with his ongoing knee injury. That issue kept him out of last Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, and it is now threatening to keep him inactive once again this weekend. If he cannot suit up, that would leave Spriggs in the unpleasant position of having to block one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers on most of the game’s snaps.
While Bulaga remained off the field, the Packers did get one other injured offensive lineman back in some capacity Wednesday. That player is left guard Lane Taylor, who was practicing, albeit on a limited basis. With right guard Byron Bell going on injured reserve, the Packers likely need every healthy lineman they can get, and Taylor should see a substantial dose of Bears’ defensive lineman Akiem Hicks if he can play.
Three other Packers were notable in their absences from practice on Wednesday, with nose tackle Kenny Clark being the most critical. His elbow injury kept him off the field, a major problem since he is the only remaining week-one starter on the Packers’ defensive line. Hopefully this will just be a rest day for him, as it was for tight end Jimmy Graham. Finally, cornerback Bashaud Breeland missed practice, but it appears that it was related to a personal matter instead of the groin injury that has limited him recently.
The Bears, meanwhile, had just one player show up on Wednesday’s injury report. That is wide receiver Allen Robinson, who was a surprise non-participant. Robinson’s injury is listed as a hip issue, so keep an eye on that moving forward this week.
Here are the full reports for both teams for their first practice before the week 15 matchup at Soldier Field.
Packers Wednesday Practice Report
Did Not Participate
- CB Bashaud Breeland (groin/not injury related)
- RT Bryan Bulaga (knee)
- DL Kenny Clark (elbow)
- TE Jimmy Graham (knee/thumb)
- WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)
- OLB Clay Matthews (ankle)
- G Lane Taylor (foot)
- QB Aaron Rodgers (knee)
- WR Equanimeous St. Brown (elbow)
Bears Wednesday Practice Report
Did Not Participate
- WR Allen Robinson (hip)