Morning Buzz: Packers juggling injuries on a short week
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at what can only be described as a dire situation at offensive tackle.
Coach Mike McCarthy might have to go through the Green Bay Packers locker room and start soliciting volunteers to play tackle because, three weeks into the season, his top five are injured.
It’s unclear who will be available Thursday night when the Packers host the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
But the two guys who started at tackle Sunday against Cincinnati — Bryan Bulaga and Kyle Murphy — both were on the injury report as non-participants in practice Monday. Their status was an estimation because the Packers won’t actually practice until Tuesday, but it’s a pretty good sign that both are banged up.
In his first start of the season, Bulaga aggravated the right ankle injury that had sidelined him the first two games, although it was not clear if he re-injured it on a specific play. He dropped out of the game in the fourth quarter and was seen on the sideline testing it, but he did not return.
Justin McCray filled in for Bulaga and would be the starter if the veteran were not able to play against the Bears.
Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty opine that it may be time for the Packers to start utilizing some
of their rookie running backs:
Lance Kendricks joined Ty Montgomery on Clubhouse Live last night:
I listened to some fan voicemails after the Bengals game:
Don’t forget to build your own all-time Packers team:
Elsewhere, the Packers brought back long snapper Taybor Pepper:
The Packers are leading the league at getting to the quarterback on 3rd down:
Putting Aaron Rodgers’ numbers in some historical perspective:
CBS highlighted Aaron Rodgers’ winning his first overtime game:
The Packers have a chance to pull ahead of the Bears for the lead in the all-time series for the first time in a long time:
Rob Demovsky writes on the growing role for Josh Jones:
Speaking of Jones, Cory Jennerjohn writes that fans need to be patient with him and Kevin King:
Packers Wire covers Mike McCarthy’s response to anthem protests:
The NFL will use Thursday night’s game to raise funds for awareness of the dire situation in Puerto Rico