“Bryan Bulaga is in the concussion protocol,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Looks great. Saw him in the weight room, in the meetings this morning. Making progress.”
Eight players were listed on the initial injury report of the week. That’s a big number for a team that has been relatively healthy all season. Other than cornerback Davon House, who doesn’t expect to play as he recovers from a shoulder injury sustained against Atlanta on Dec. 8, McCarthy didn’t sound concerned about any of the other injuries. Among the players in that group are running back Eddie Lacy (eye) and linebacker Clay Matthews (biceps). Both players were limited.
The concern, obviously, is for Bulaga. Other than Bulaga not playing in Week 2 against Jets, the line the Packers trotted onto the field for the start of the regular season has lined up for every game. That continuity is a huge reason why, over the past six games, the Packers have allowed only seven sacks while averaging 144.0 rushing yards.
If Bulaga can’t play, second-year pro J.C. Tretter likely would get the call. Tretter finished the Buffalo game and played relatively well, other than the sack-strip he allowed to Mario Williams that ended the Packers’ comeback chances.
“The five that play together practice together each and every week give you the chance to be the most cohesive group,” McCarthy said. “This is clearly a combination of talent, the ability to play, the number of games they’ve had, practice all the time – these guys don’t miss much practice. I know that Josh (Sitton) and T.J. (Lang) have been limited. It’s a group that spends a lot of time together.”
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