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Linemen Linsley, Bulaga Return for Packers

Out of action on Sunday were cornerback Damarious Randall, guard T.J. Lang and receiver Ty Montgomery. Jared Abbrederis, meanwhile, said he hopes he can pick up where he left off against Detroit two weeks ago.

The Green Bay Packers started Thursday’s loss to Chicago without center Corey Linsley and ended it without right tackle Bryan Bulaga.

Both players were working with the starting offense during Sunday night’s practice in the Don Hutson Center as the team began its on-the-field preparations for Thursday night’s game at Detroit. Linsley was sidelined due to an ankle injury sustained during the previous week’s win at Minnesota while Bulaga missed the final 17 snaps of the Chicago game with an ankle injury.

Three players did not participate in the portion of Sunday’s practice that was open to reporters: cornerback Damarious Randall (knee), guard T.J. Lang (presumably a shoulder) and receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle). Montgomery and Randall were at practice; Montgomery had his helmet but wasn’t taking snaps.

Also back for the Packers was receiver Jared Abbrederis, who sustained a rib injury late in the Packers’ too-little, too-late comeback against Detroit on Nov. 15. At the time, coach Mike McCarthy said Abbrederis would miss “several” weeks.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Abbrederis said. “We’ll see how it progresses. I’m happy with where I’m at.”

Abbrederis wouldn’t make any predictions about his availability for the rematch against the Lions. He said he’s still in a “little bit of pain” but wasn’t sure if he’d have to wear any protective padding if he played this week.

Abbrederis gave the Packers a boost in their late comeback, finishing with four catches for 57 yards, including a 32-yarder on the sideline on the play in which he was injured.

“You just have to take advantage of the opportunities that you get,” he said. “To be able to catch a couple that game, it felt good to get that going a little bit and we’ll see when I get back out there, we’ll see how it goes. But I just have to try to pick up where I left off and just keep making plays and take advantage of the opportunities.”

He’d be a potential asset on Thursday given the lackluster play of Davante Adams and James Jones last week against Chicago, with their combined two catches for 14 yards in 17 targeted passes.

“Jared made some nice plays before he took that shot. It would be nice to get him back,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

The Packers do not have to release an injury report until Monday.

-- Before practice, McCarthy said the team “maybe” will allow tight end Andrew Quarless to practice later this week. He sustained a knee injury vs. Kansas City in Week 3 and remains on injured reserve/designated for return.

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