Optimism for Bulaga, Laacy

Injuries sustained on Thursday night at Seattle might not prevent right tackle Bryan Bulaga or running back Eddie Lacy from lining up against the Jets.

After missing the previous 23 regular-season games, Bryan Bulaga and the Green Bay Packers dodged a major injury bullet.

Bulaga, the team’s starting right tackle, sustained a knee sprain during the fourth series of Thursday’s lopsided loss at Seattle. Confirming what he said after the game, coach Mike McCarthy on Friday said it is not a serious injury and Bulaga has a chance to play next Sunday against the Jets.

“Right now we have a little bit of a gap between how Bryan feels and how the medical department feels about him, which is normal,” McCarthy said. “I think really Wednesday’s practice will probably give us a better indication. I know Bryan would like to try to go (and practice) on Wednesday, but we have to continue to see how his knee reacts between now and then. It’s not a major injury. We’re relieved by that. I really don’t have a timeline for you.”

Bulaga sprained the MCL in his left knee. That's the same knee in which he tore his ACL on Family Night last summer, which cost him all of the 2013 season.

If Bulaga can’t play, Derek Sherrod would get the start. Sherrod gave up two sacks – one on fourth-and-5 and the other resulting in a safety. McCarthy, like quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the game, blamed the fourth-down sack on a botched protection call as the team rushed to beat the play clock.

The other key injury was the concussion sustained by Eddie Lacy during either a fourth-quarter collision with safety Kam Chancellor or the next play, a 3-yard carry in which he appeared to stagger when getting off the ground. McCarthy said he was told that Lacy “feels very good today” and that he’d already passed the first step of the league’s concussion protocol. That provides some optimism that Lacy could play against New York. On the other hand, Lacy sustained a concussion last season, too, so the team figures to be cautious with its prized second-year runner.

“Well, the biggest thing of any medical situation, particularly Eddie Lacy, we were always going to go through the process,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s been clearly stated that we don’t take unnecessary risk for the players. We’ll just trust our medical staff.”

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