Bulaga questionable to play against Bucs
Green Bay Packers starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga (concussion) has been listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Packers didn't practice Friday, but coach Mike McCarthy estimated Bulaga would have been a limited participant if they had. It could be another sign Bulaga has been making progress in the concussion protocol. He didn't practice Thursday, but was visible at practice.
If Bulaga isn't cleared in time for Sunday's noon Central start, the Packers would turn to offensive lineman JC Tretter to start in his place.
Here are some other updates from McCarthy's Friday afternoon news conference:
Injury report (practice participation is an estimation):
Out: CB Davon House (shoulder, did not participate)
Questionable: RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion, limited)
Probable: RB Eddie Lacy (eye, limited), G T.J. Lang (ankle, limited), G Josh Sitton (toe, limited), OLB Clay Matthews (biceps, limited), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited), OLB Nick Perry (shoulder, limited).
On Bryan Bulaga being estimated as limited:
Just filling out the status, obviously based on what we did today, he would have been a limited participant. But he's making progress. … As we say in here all of the time, you're either a part of the protocol or you're not a part of the protocol. He's still in it, and he's making progress.
On turnover margin:
Well, I think it's obvious if you take care of the football and you maximize your opportunities each and every possession, it gives you the best chance to put points on the board. And, obviously, if you're taking the ball away, you're limiting your opponents' number of opportunities to put points on the board. So it's something we commit a lot of time to, it's part of our practice each and every day, and for the most part we've done an excellent job of that. I think last week's the first time we lost the turnover ratio in a long time. It'll definitely be a focus this week, and it's always a focus when you play against Lovie because Lovie's teams have always done a very good job of taking the ball away.
On Tampa Bay defense:
Yeah, I think definitely, just in the last four or five games, they're playing very good defense.
On JC Tretter: JC's been getting a lot of reps throughout practice, both inside and outside. He obviously had a lot of reps this week with Bryan not participating. So he's getting better. I think anytime you have a player that plays multiple positions, particularly in JC's case where he missed a lot of time being on PUP, I think he's getting better each and every week, and this is exactly what he needs. It was good for him to play against Buffalo, and we'll see if we can get him some more time this week.
On Davon House:
Davon will not be available this week. We'll see how next week goes, but I know Doctor McKenzie feels very good about the progress he's making.
On if JC Tretter proved anything Sunday:
J.C.'s a heck of a football player. I think he showed that just based on what he accomplished in the spring all the way through training camp, going out and establishing himself as the starting center. Now, to come back off of his injury and being able to play guard, center and tackle I think speaks volumes. He put together some very good plays. It's definitely something I look for him to improve on but, yeah, we feel good about where J.C. is right now.
On safety's improvement this year:
I just think you're seeing young players develop. Morgan Burnett, I think, A, Morgan's probably having one of his best years performance-wise but I think it speaks volumes about Morgan Burnett being voted one of your team captains. I think that tells you what his peers think of him. Really, the connection that he has with his teammates, especially the safety position in our defense, there's a ton of communication that goes on. His leadership is something that's been growing each and every week. He's having a heck of a year, I think Micah's a year better and obviously Sean Richardson's a year better and having Ha Ha here, he's done well. I just think those four guys playing each and every week, practicing every week pretty much and not missing games is important for any position making progress.
On Morgan Burnett as a leader:
I think personality isn't a true indicator of if you're going to be a leader but I think he's gone about it the right way. He's earned it and he's done it by example. He's always had that presence. You could see that from Day 1. Yeah, I'm glad to see his credibility rise in the locker room.
On if team attended Fuzzy Thurston's visitation:
That's more of a personal situation. Obviously, the passing Fuzzy Thurston, the people that were around him – I know personally I had a chance to go up to the service. That's more of a one-on-one type situation.
On Jarrett Boykin:
Jarrett Boykin, he had the injury, a little setback there. Davante's really come on. I think he's been consistent. I think you have to look at his whole body of work. You have to recognize what he's done on special teams. He's not getting as many opportunities as he did last year, and I think that's a part of the opportunities that have been presented to Davante.