Bulaga, Hayward questionable to play against Lions
The Green Bay Packers will let Saturday's final practice play out before making an assessment on right tackle Bryan Bulaga's availability for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
Bulaga (sprained MCL) and cornerback Casey Hayward (glute) were listed as questionable to play Sunday after both players practiced in limited fashion Thursday.
Inside linebacker Brad Jones (quad) and outside linebacker Andy Mulumba (torn ACL) have been ruled out. Defensive back Micah Hyde (knee) is probable to play after being upgraded to a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Bulaga was questionable last week, too, before the Packers held him out against the Jets. If Bulaga can't go, Derek Sherrod would make his second career start at right tackle.
"Bryan Bulaga and really Casey is in the same boat," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They're progressing well. Yesterday went well. They are obviously in treatments today, extended treatments, but they have to get through the whole thing tomorrow. That's the only hurdle left."
Here are some other highlights from McCarthy's news conference:
On if Bulaga playing on Ford Field turf will be factored in:
"We're going to practice on turf tomorrow. That's going to be part of our decision-making process."
On Jamari Lattimore's performance last week:
"I thought Jamari did a nice job. Jamari plays with excellent energy and he's a very good football player. Yeah, I'm very pleased with Jamari."
Will Lattimore start again Sunday?
Surprised the amount of progress Micah Hyde was able to make?
"Well, going off the information from the medical staff on Micah Hyde and Micah's personality. You're going to have to cut his arm off to keep him off the field, so I had confidence he'd get back."
On having B.J. Raji around:
"B.J. Raji is a big part of our team. He has been for a number of years. Our one-on-one conversation was a topic about A) He wanted to be here. B) We want him to be here. He's part of our locker room. He can help the younger guys. It's a young defensive line. He's here rehabbing every day. It's in his personal best interest and our football team's best interest."
On Derek Sherrod's play against New York Jets:
"He played well. Derek is ready to go. He's prepared and ready to go. Derek Sherrod going into the game in Seattle, obviously going into a game is a bigger challenge than preparing the whole week and playing. I think he definitely took a huge step from Week 1 to Week 2. He had a lot of work this week, too, because Bryan had limited reps. Just getting better. I feel good about Derek and the direction he's going."
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