Report: Packers OT Bryan Bulaga Avoids Serious Injury

Bryan Bulaga was listed as limited participation on Thursday's injury report. Whether the injury is just a small tweak or something more significant might not be known until Friday.

Two members of the Green Bay Packers’ starting offense dropped out of Thursday’s padded practice.

The one that might be of the most concern is right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who reportedly sustained a sprained MCL in his left knee shortly before reporters were ushered from the practice field. Chances are, the injury will keep him out of the lineup for Sunday night's showdown against Seattle.

After practice, guard Josh Sitton said he didn't see what happened but it "sounded like his foot kind of got caught up." Later, offensive line coach James Campen said, "I have the same amount of information you have. I just got off the practice field."

Whether the injury is just a minor tweak or something more significant won’t be known until Friday, when coach Mike McCarthy will talk to reporters before practice. And even then, with McCarthy becoming more tight-lipped about injury information, Bulaga’s availability for Sunday’s showdown against Seattle might not be known until Friday afternoon’s final injury report or even as late as the pregame inactive lists.

"You’re always worried when somebody gets hurt, but I don’t have a clue what it is," Sitton said. "I don’t know how much to worry, you know?"

Bulaga missed all of the 2013 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. He also injured that knee during last year’s season-opening game at Seattle. He missed the following game against the Jets but started every game the rest of the season. Just before the start of free agency, he was rewarded with a five-year, $33.75 million contract

If he can't play on Sunday, Don Barclay would get the call. Barclay has 18 career starts at right tackle.

"I feel prepared," Barclay said. "Coach has done a good job at getting me reps all over the board at both tackles and guard. Yeah, I feel fine."

The other injury was to tight end Richard Rodgers, though that appears to be minor. During a tackling period early in practice, he was shaken up when he was hit by linebacker Carl Bradford. Rodgers shook his right hand and stretched his neck back and forth for several minutes. However, in an individual period, Rodgers was running pass routes and working on pass protection.

“He’s had a number of ‘wow’ moments in practice and definitely had them in the preseason games, whether it’s on punt or just some of the catches he made,” McCarthy said of Rodgers before practice. “I think Richard is more comfortable in what we’re asking him to do at the tight end position and he’s definitely making that jump from Year 1 to Year 2.”

Otherwise, all 53 players were practicing to start the day, including safety Morgan Burnett, who missed last week’s game with an injured calf. It was his first padded practice since training camp.

“I think we’re moving definitely in the right direction,” McCarthy said.

Inside linebacker Nate Palmer, who spent most of training camp wearing a giant club cast over his injured hand but played with just a split and some padding against Chicago, had the club on again Thursday. He is expected to replace Sam Barrington, who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Below are Thursday's injury reports.

Packers injury report
Player (injury): Status for Wednesday, Thursday
OT Bryan Bulaga (knee): Not listed, Limited
S Morgan Burnett (calf): Limited, Limited
WR Randall Cobb (shoulder): Limited, Limited
OLB Jayrone Elliott (quad): Limited, Limited

Seahawks injury report
Player (injury): Status for Wednesday, Thursday
DE Michael Bennett (ankle): Limited, Full
DE Demarcus Dobbs (back): Not listed, DNP
OT Garry Gilliam (Rib): Not listed, Limited
LB Bruce Irvin (Rib): Not listed, DNP
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related): DNP, Full
LB Mike Morgan (hamstring): Out
CB Tharold Simon (toe): DNP, DNP
FB Will Tukuafu (foot): Limited, Full
LB Bobby Wagner (ankle): Limited, Full

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