The Packers didn’t practice on Friday – they will on Saturday. If they had practiced, Hayward and Bulaga would have been limited.
“Bryan Bulaga and, really, Casey is in the same boat,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “They’re progressing well. Yesterday went well. Obviously, they’re having treatments today, extended treatments. But they have to get through the whole thing tomorrow, so that’s the only hurdle left.”
Part of Saturday’s hurdle will be an indoor practice on the FieldTurf surface of the Don Hutson Center. That will simulate game conditions on Sunday at Detroit’s Ford Field.
“I don’t really give levels of how do I feel about playing Sunday or not,” Bulaga said. “I just kind of look at it based on how I’ve responded the last couple days has been good. We’ll see how it responds after all of the things I did today and going into tomorrow and see how tomorrow’s practice goes, and we’ll probably make a decision after that.”
Without Jones, Jamari Lattimore will start for the second consecutive game.
“He gives us another athletic guy on the field, which I’ve always felt the more athletes you have out there (the better),” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said on Thursday. “Especially with the way the game is played today, and you get in games like this one this week, all of a sudden Reggie Bush is back there and one time he’s running the ball and then the next time they’re using him as a receiver. If you’ve got two linebackers in there, one of them is going to be on Reggie Bush.”
The Lions have some injury issues. Starting right tackle LaAdrian Waddle is out. So is Cassius Vaughn, who would have been the third cornerback due to season-ending injuries to Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson.
Starting safety James Ihedigbo practiced all week but is doubtful with a neck injury. Starting defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who is the team’s top pass rusher, was limited on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury. He is questionable.
“One of the things that you have to take a real good look at is that there are some things you can do exactly the same and there’s some things that happen where you have to play towards that individual’s strengths,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of possible schematic changes. “So, it may allow you to do a few other things that you weren’t able to do before. The conversely, the antithesis of that would be, there are some weaknesses that may come to light, as well. Schematically, you want to stay away from those things that put you in bad positions.”
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