Bulaga, Grant 'Pressed' To Play

That's not what Bryan Bulaga and Ryan Grant are telling coach Mike McCarthy, though. We have that, the initial injury reports and more from Wednesday as the Packers began preparations for Sunday's game against Denver.

In one ear, Ryan Grant and Bryan Bulaga tell coach Mike McCarthy that they'll be ready to play against Denver.

In the ear, the team's medical staff tells McCarthy to ignore Grant and Bulaga.

"What happens a lot of times when you have injuries and then players are trying to get ready to play, they're of the opinion they'll be ready to go by Sunday," McCarthy said after Wednesday's practice. "Our medical staff is not of the same opinion. That's really what's come out of the evaluation today. So, we'll give them until Friday to see where those two are. But they'll be pressed to make this game."

Grant most certainly was of a different opinion. He was frustrated that he wasn't allowed to practice on Wednesday.

"I'm going to trust the doctors, trust their word," Grant said. "It is a little difficult because I don't feel any different. My urine as of now looks to me good. But under a microscope it might be different. Just because it's not something I can feel, felt literal pain — I've taken shots where, OK, something's sore, something hurts, but this, I feel fine. You just have to trust the judgment of the doctors."

Grant said he didn't feel any different after the injury than before. He only discovered the problem when there was blood in his urine after the game, which necessitated an ambulance ride to a Chicago hospital for further testing. He said he sustained the injury on the play in which he exited in the fourth quarter with what was initially thought was a shot to the mouth. He would return to action after a short absence.

"I didn't get hit in the face. I got hit, and me and (Brian) Urlacher, we both moaned on that play," Grant said.

Bulaga is a "fast healer" who's "exceeding expectations" as he recovers from a bruised and sprained left knee sustained in the first quarter against Chicago, McCarthy said. Without Bulaga, second-year pro Marshall Newhouse would make his first NFL start.

"I think everybody on offense was encouraged the way Marshall just jumped in there and played in that environment with the crowd noise," McCarthy said. "We did not cut out anything on the call sheet. That's really the first question that's asked as a play-caller — you're on the headsets with the other coaches going through the packages and anything we needed to stay away from. Marshall did a nice job."

Packers injury report

Out — S Nick Collins (neck); DE Mike Neal (knee); OLB Frank Zombo (shoulder). Did not participate — RT Bryan Bulaga (knee); RB Ryan Grant (kidney); LB Brad Jones (hamstring); CB Pat Lee (back); OLB Clay Matthews (quad); CB Charles Woodson (foot/knee). Limited participation — T Chad Clifton (knee); TE Jermichael Finley (ankle); DE Ryan Pickett (foot); CB Tramon Williams (shoulder). Full participation — LB Vic So'oto (back).

Broncos injury report

Did not participate — WR Eddie Royal (groin); WR Demaryius Thomas (finger); TE Julius Thomas (ankle). Limited participation — CB Champ Bailey (hamstring); DE Elvis Dumervil (shoulder); DT Marcus Thomas (groin). Full participation — RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring); LB D.J. Williams (elbow).

Williams, Bailey and Dumervil are the Broncos' best defensive players and all look like they're on track to face the Packers. Williams dislocated his right elbow in the preseason and is hoping to make his debut against Green Bay. Bailey, who's been out since the opener, has 49 career interceptions. Dumervil, who led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009, has missed the last two games.

Royal, one of their top receivers, probably won't return for a couple of weeks.

Four-point stance

— Collins remains on the active roster as the Packers weigh several personnel issues. Not only could they opt to sign a safety such as former Packer Anthony Levine, but injuries to Jones, Zombo and So'oto could make outside linebacker a position of need, as well. "We're holding a roster spot because of some of the things we're concerned about with our roster today," McCarthy said.

Aaron Rodgers was asked if officials are consistent in applying the rules that protect quarterbacks. "I think if you ask any former player that's played in the era before this, they'd say some of the rules are ridiculous when it comes to quarterback safety. I think as a football player, you want to be treated like a football player. But at times, we're in a defenseless position. I think the calls have been pretty consistent. You don't expect calls, unless it's a blatant shot to the head. That's what usually gets called."

— Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, safety LeRoy Butler and receivers Sterling Sharpe and Mark Clayton are among 103 initial nominees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other nominees are Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene and the father of the Packers' Clay Matthews III, Clay Matthews Jr. For the full announcement, click here.

— Former Packers safety Brandon Underwood received a two-game suspension from the NFL.

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