Packers-Rams Wednesday injury report: Bulaga on the mend
Bryan Bulaga was thrilled to be back on the practice field Wednesday – the same practice field where three weeks ago he twisted his knee and wound up missing three games as a result – but the Green Bay Packers veteran right tackle wasn’t getting too excited about the possibility that he’ll return to game action Sunday against St. Louis.
“I think we come into tomorrow, see how it feels and just kind of take it day by day and move on from there,” Bulaga said after doing primarily individual drill work during Wednesday’s practice. “I wasn’t ready a week ago. Believe me, if I feel ready, I’m going to go. I’m not really one to hold back. If I feel ready to play, I’m going to do my best during the week to show the coaches that I’m ready and play.
“But it’s going to be a day-by-day deal. I’m just trying to get feedback every day from how it’s feeling and watching the tape to see if I like the way I’m moving. I think that’s a big key is, if you can get out there and you can feel good and move good but when you watch it on tape, how does it look? Every day is going to be an evaluation.”
Even quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked three times last Sunday at San Francisco – all by the man fill-in right tackle Don Barclay was supposed to block – wasn’t getting his hopes up.
“It was a light practice – just helmets. I don’t know what his status will be, but it’s great to see him out there,” Rodgers said. “He’s a great player for us, he was a big [re-]signing for us in the offseason. [I’m] not sure what his status will be but it was nice seeing him out there.”
Here is the full, official injury report from Wednesday.
Did not participate – WR Davante Adams (ankle), S Morgan Burnett (calf), LB Jake Ryan (hamstring).
Limited participation – T Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Randall Cobb (shoulder), CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring), WR James Jones (hamstring)
Full participation – LB Jayrone Elliott (quadricep), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep)
Did not participate – S Maurice Alexander (groin), LB Alec Ogletree (ankle).
Full participation – RB Chase Reynolds (knee), DE Eugene Sims (knee).
Bulaga played in the Packers’ Sept. 13 opener at Chicago, then twisted his left knee – the one that was surgically repaired in 2013 after he’d torn the anterior cruciate ligament on Family Night – during the Thursday practice before the team’s Sept. 20 game against Seattle.
“It was just kind of a weird deal. [My] foot got caught in the ground and my body weight was going in a different direction,” Bulaga said of how the injury happened.
Bulaga did many of the same drills on Wednesday that he was doing at the time of the injury, but he said Thursday’s in-pads practice will be a much more accurate gauge of his improvement.
“It wasn’t a heavy workload day like it is tomorrow. But I was able to participate in everything that we did,” Bulaga said. “Tomorrow, it’s going to be a bigger test, putting pads on, going against bull-rushes and different moves and seeing how it reacts. Again, we’ll see how it feels tomorrow morning, see Doc (Dr. Pat McKenzie), see the trainers and re-evaluate and go from there.”