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Daryn Colledge or Bryan Bulaga at left guard? Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy in no hurry

Aug. 17, 2010
 
Green Bay Packers Daryn Colledge  (73) and Bryan Bulaga (75) during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.
Green Bay Packers Daryn Colledge (73) and Bryan Bulaga (75) during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. / M.P. King/Press-Gazette

Injury report

New injuries: RB Ryan Grant (concussion), RB Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring), TE Tom Crabtree (wrist sprain), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (neck sprain).

Still out: S Atari Bigby (ankle), S Will Blackmon (knee), CB Al Harris (knee), RB James Starks (hamstring), LB Alex Joseph (quadriceps), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Nick Barnett (knee), LB Cyril Obiozor (calf), OL Jason Spitz (calf).

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday he has no time frame to make a decision between Daryn Colledge or Bryan Bulaga as his starting left guard.

“I don’t have a deadline, but really just the progress that Bryan makes and how Daryn continues to go through camp will answer that question,” McCarthy said. “I know everybody would like to have the starting line by the third (preseason) game, but we’ll just see how it goes.”

Colledge and Bulaga continued to split first-team reps at left guard Monday. Bulaga then moved over to work with the second team at left tackle.

The two players alternated the first four offensive series during the Packers’ 27-24 preseason loss to Cleveland on Saturday, with Colledge starting the game. Colledge received the first reps at practice Monday. Apparently, the game tape didn’t show enough to change the coaching staff’s approach to the competition.

Bulaga was drafted as the left tackle of the future and McCarthy insisted the team would leave him to grow into the position behind Chad Clifton. However, Bulaga began sharing first-team snaps at left guard with Colledge last week.

“Every game you learn a little bit more, every practice you learn a little bit more,” Bulaga said.

A little chippy: McCarthy wasn’t shy about expressing his unhappiness over some portions of practice.

“I don’t design that,” McCarthy said about his vocal frustrations. “Practice, there is an accomplishment, a level of practice that you try to have every day. When we don’t reach that, it’s my responsibility to get it out of them.

“Year in and year out this is always a padded practice 48 hours after a game. This is a tough practice on our football team, so it was important to get the quality work out of our team today. ... We’ll look at the film, but we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be when we started practice today.”

Injury update: Running back Ryan Grant sat out Monday after sustaining a concussion in Saturday’s game. Running back Kregg Lumpkin also was out after tweaking his hamstring Saturday. That left just Brandon Jackson and Quinn Porter running the ball with fullback John Kuhn taking some halfback snaps also.

Receiver Tom Crabtree sat out with what McCarthy called a wrist sprain. He was scheduled to see the doctors again after practice and possibly be fitted for a cast.

Offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith also was new to the sidelines with a neck sprain.

Cause and effect: The Packers fumbled four times against Cleveland, losing two. The team has a ball-security period every practice, but it's usually broken up between positions with the linemen working elsewhere The entire team was pulled together for the session Monday and there was a heightened sense of urgency and intensity.

Coming along: Clay Matthews said he started working in the pool and on the treadmill and can participate in light jogs as part of his rehab from a hamstring injury. He is getting treatment 3-4 times a day and has started doing squats in the weight room.

“It’s still going to be some more time before I’m sprinting and changing directions and cutting,” Matthews said. “We’re being smart about it. Baby steps right now.”

Matthews would like to be back for the final two preseason games. He is confident that he will be ready for the season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 12. The original diagnosis was at least a two-week recovery period.

NFL debut: Starting safety Morgan Burnett had a quiet start to his NFL career against the Browns. He finished with one tackle and didn’t stand out for much besides whiffing on an open-field tackle in the second quarter.

“It could have been a lot better,” said Burnett, who stayed after practice to get in extra tackling work. “I could have cleaned up more on my technique, so that was my main goal going out in practice today.

“(Defensive back) is not all coverage. You’ve also got to tackle. I want to work on my coverage, make sure my alignment is right, my feet are right, make sure I have the proper form when I’m tackling. Making sure I’m wrapping up and running my feet.”

Blackmon hopeful: Return man Will Blackmon has missed more than a week of camp because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee. Blackmon said he has no doubts about being ready to play this season and thinks he could return to practice this week.

“The knee is doing very well,” Blackmon said. “I ran today inside the Hutson Center. I ran pretty hard on it to check it out. I’ll see what’s happening and talk to the doctors and see if I can go out there tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to play this weekend.”

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