McCarthy Hopeful Bulaga Bounces Back

Bryan Bulaga would not have practiced on Tuesday due to an ankle injury sustained late in last week's loss to Chicago.

Bryan Bulaga, the Green Bay Packers’ starting right tackle, didn’t practice on Monday and wouldn’t have practiced on Tuesday.

But that doesn’t mean he’s not going to play on Thursday night at Detroit.

“I thought he was going to practice (on Monday),” coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday morning, “but he's still working through some things, so I think you have to be realistic about the time frame that these guys are going through. An extra day or two is important right now. So with our schedule today, I think a lot of these guys have a chance to bounce back and we'll see how practice is tomorrow."

With the Packers playing on Thursday, Tuesday was treated like a typical Friday, with rehab and massages replacing practice. The team will hold a light practice on Wednesday before departing for Detroit. Both teams will use the usual designations — probable, questionable, etc. — on Wednesday.

Bulaga (ankle) and receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) were the two players listed as did not participation. Bulaga, who missed the end of last week’s loss against Chicago, did participate in Sunday’s brief practice.

Removed from the injury report was Julius Peppers. The 35-year-old outside linebacker didn’t practice on Monday to give him a day to regroup during this stretch of three games in 11 days.

“It was a coach's decision,” McCarthy said. “He obviously doesn't like to miss practice. So, that was a decision I think we needed to make, just give him a day.”

Peppers, who hasn’t missed a game since 2007, hadn’t been listed on the injury report during his two seasons in Green Bay.

“Let’s don’t put that one on Julius,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said on Monday. “If it was up to Julius, he would have been out there. It’s a matter of trying to use good judgment.”

The Lions gave star receiver Calvin Johnson the day off on Tuesday.

Player (injury): Monday, Tuesday
OT Bryan Bulaga (ankle): DNP, DNP
CB Demetri Goodson (illness): DNP, Limited
WR Ty Montgomery (ankle): DNP, DNP
OLB Julius Peppers (not injury related): DNP, Removed from Report
G T.J. Lang (shoulder): Limited, Limited
C Corey Linsley (ankle): Limited, Limited
ILB Nate Palmer (foot): Limited, Full
G Josh Sitton (back): Limited, Limited
WR Jared Abbrederis (rib/chest): Full, Full
S Micah Hyde (hip): Full, Full
CB Damarious Randall (knee): Full, Full

Player (injury): Monday, Tuesday
WR Lance Moore (ankle): DNP, DNP
K Matt Prater (illness): DNP, DNP
S James Ihedigbo (hamstring): Limited, Limited
WR Calvin Johnson (ankle): Limited, DNP
S Glover Quin (ankle): Limited, Limited
DT Caraun Reid (ankle): Limited, DNP
C Travis Swanson (ankle): Limited, DNP
WR Golden Tate (calf): Limited, Full
G Larry Warford (concussion): Full, Full
DT Gabe Wright (ankle): Full, Full

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