Packers Morning Buzz: Bears' run game presents problems

Aaron Nagler
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Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels (76) and outside linebacker Clay Matthews tackle Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at Grab a cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s update on the offensive tackle position, which remains perilously thin after Kyle Murphy was placed on injured reserve.

From Tom:

Both Bakhtiari and Bulaga were limited participants in practice, although Bulaga did not take part in the periods the media were allowed to watch. The two have not played together this season after starting all 19 games together last year.

It's unclear who would take over at left tackle if Bakhtiari couldn't play or dropped out of the game. It's possible guard/center Justin McCray, who has filled in at right tackle when Bulaga hasn't been available, could move to that side. If Bulaga also weren't available, it's likely undrafted rookie Adam Pankey would start for him.

The Packers announced the signing of tackle Ulrick John from the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad. The 6-5, 307-pound John, who has played in five games in three-plus seasons with Indianapolis, Miami and Arizona, at best would be an emergency fill-in Thursday night because he has not played a down in the McCarthy offense and would be very limited in what he could play.

Ulrick practiced with the team and was in the midst of a crash course to learn the offense.

Michael Cohen leads Packers Notes with the fact that the Packers are one of two teams in the league that has yet to return a kickoff.

Michael Cohen leads our Packers notes with the fact that the Packers are one of two teams in the league that has yet to return a kickoff.

Kentrell Brice returned to practice on Tuesday:

Michael and I give you all the latest on the injury front after Tuesday’s practice:

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers players are asking fans to join them in a demonstration of unity prior to Thursday night’s game.

I answered readers questions during a Facebook Live chat Tuesday after practice:

Here are three storylines to watch heading into Thursday night’s game:

Elsewhere, NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger has a bunch of film clips up on his feed breaking down Sunday’s game against the Bengals:

Mike Spofford also has some great tape breakdown in his weekly “What You Might Have Missed” segment over on the team website:

Pro Football Focus has looked favorably upon Kevin King:

The Packers Wire looks at the struggles in the run game:

Rob Demovsky writes on the test waiting for the Nitro defense in the Bears’ running game:

Check out Brad Biggs’ 10 Thoughts on the Bears to get a look at the team the Packers will be facing Thursday night:

Michelle Bruton highlights the need for the Packers to start trending in the other direction when it comes to turnovers:

Amazon is set to stream Thursday night’s game:


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