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Bulaga, Grant Want To Play - Docs Not So Sure

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Bulaga, Grant Want To Play - Docs Not So Sure

Mike McCarthy was as direct as he could be when he met with reporters after practice this afternoon - both right tackle Bryan Bulaga and running back Ryan Grant think they will be able to play this Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

The teams medical staff, however, isn't sold.

Saying the teams doctors were "not of the same opinion", McCarthy said both players would be given until Friday to change the doctors minds.

Here's the complete list of the walking wounded:

Bryan Bulaga (knee) Did Not Participate

Ryan Grant (kidney) Did Not Participate

Charles Woodson (toe) Did Not Participate

Clay Matthews (quad) Did Not Participate

Brad Jones (back) Did Not Participate

Pat Lee (undisclosed) Did Not Participate

Frank Zombo (scapula) Out

Nick Collins (neck) Out (McCarthy indicated that Collins would be placed on IR soon)

Tramon Williams (shoulder) Limited Participation

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PackersRS's picture

It's not season ending.

Consider it a blessing.

some guy's picture

exactly. i'll wet my pants with happiness if Bulaga plays against the Falcons. thought he was done for the year.

PackerT's picture

If Bulaga is sore or hindered by the injury, he needs to sit and get healthy....he`s not in any danger of losing his job.

packsmack25's picture

Pat Lee (Talent) Did Not Participate

/fixed

packeraaron's picture

Ouch.

Actually, watching the Bears game again last night I was struck by how solid he's become on special teams. The injuries are sure frustrating though.

PackersRS's picture

Yet, on the most important play of the game, he simply follows others to Hester, despite KNOWING the kick would go to the left.

Honestly, I'm throught with this solid on ST bull. Our ST is TERRIBLE. If all a Packer player can do is be solid on one of the worst units in the league, he's not good.

packeraaron's picture

"KNOWING the kick would go to the left" - So every punt goes exactly where the coaches call for it to go and where punters intend to kick it. Does that mean every shank I've ever seen has been done on purpose?

Come on.

channel Don Hutson's picture

The Bears did an excellent job of faking everyone out, including the Fox #1 TV crew. That doesn't exonerate our ST punt coverage unit, but it does suggest this was a particularly well deployed Bear's diversion.

PackersRS's picture

Wait. Isn't Lee on the gunner spot? So he was actually FACING where the ball was going to, right?

Just to make it clear.

So, he knew where the ball was going to, and he COULD check out where the ball actually went (I know about beating the man, still doesn't exclude him), and he still went to the wrong place...

But, yeah, not his fault.

packeraaron's picture

You've seen replays of what gunners go through. You're telling me while getting beat up he's supposed to look up for the ball as well?

Its really simple. 9 guys on the Bears team all run to one side of the field - the coverage unit is going to follow them. It was a brilliantly designed play. Are you SERIOUSLY telling me that PAT LEE is at fault here? Seriously?

Evan's picture

How is the gunner facing where the ball is going any more than any other player? He's running down the field toward the return man like everyone else.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but players are taught not to look up for the ball, lest they get destroyed by a block they never saw coming (happened to me in high school).

lars's picture

When Shane Lechler's kicking they do.

PackersRS's picture

"You’ve seen replays of what gunners go through. You’re telling me while getting beat up he’s supposed to look up for the ball as well?"

He is supposed to track the ball if something goes wrong.

In the play, he actually can't, so you're right. He's not beat, but he takes too long to beat his man to be able to look properly.

You know who CAN look and actually DOES, and STILL gets it wrong? Guess who...

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/alomeli32/Hold4.jpg

packeraaron's picture

Lol.

packsmack25's picture

2 years ago, I was irate that they put the guy in IR instead of carrying him on the roster. By his own admission, he was healthy about the same time Harris went down. I just don't think he ever had a chance to develop. A year without being able to practice with the team is too long for a guy that young.

Mike's picture

Slocum has never taken responsibility for anything the ST fails to do well. His units are consistently amoung the worst in the league nver finish in the top 25 ever never ever!! WHis commetns about "Guys running for no reason" is reason enough to fire this entitled little twit who has been riding the coat tails of his successful father for years. His quotes and smug skirting of responsibility after the game Sunday made me sick!

Jake's picture

So if a quad injury is enough to continually hold someone out of practice, one would think it is probably hampering their ability quite a bit? More fuel for the fire of a debate that is Clay Matthews...

GBinSTL's picture

How about this for a novel idea: call for the kick to be out of bounds.

PackersRS's picture

Who says it wasn't? Because the punt landed VERY near the sideline.

PackersRS's picture

Still, Nagler, my point wasn't that Lee screwed up this, so he sucks.

It's that he can't be more than a solid player on a terrible unit...

packeraaron's picture

And my only point was that I was surprised how well he's been playing overall on ST.

NoWayJose's picture

I know you're never supposed to look past anyone, treat em all the same, etc., but come on.

This week is clearly a soft spot in the schedule and I can't see anyway McCarthy risks Bulaga or Grant (with an internal injury for god's sake) on Sunday. Never going to happen.

Will be interesting to see more Newhouse and maybe even some Alex Green!

Evan's picture

Totally agree. Maybe even a little Sherrod if the game gets comfortable.

jim's picture

more green. more newhouse. and some sherrod would be a great way to get some more experience and game film on some up and comers. as for that punt return, most fascinating play i ever saw. great play. and the beauty to it is that the pack didnt lose because of it. there is a win in the winners column and u can bet special teams will be that much better because it was used in a vain effort and allows the pack to learn from its mistakes.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

The other really cool thing about the punt return was how fast Masthay was. He was blocked still closed ground on Hester and had a pretty impressive lunge at the end.

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