Looks like Packers will have tackle Bryan Bulaga on Sunday vs. Rams


GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers don't appear to be easing Bryan Bulaga back in. It sounds like the right tackle will play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, just 24 days after he sprained his MCL and tore the meniscus in his left knee.

Bulaga returned for Wednesday's light practice and took part in Thursday's full-pads practice, the first since he was injured on Sept. 17.

Coach Mike McCarthy reported no setbacks on Friday.

"Bryan Bulaga is doing well," McCarthy said. "Did everything that we had planned for him."

When asked if he was optimistic Bulaga would play Sunday, McCarthy said, "So far, so good. Yes."

There's little concern that Bulaga will be rusty after missing the last three games. The sixth-year lineman has started 56 career games, including 17 of the 18 last season (including playoffs), at right tackle.

"There's trust there, and Bryan knows what he needs to get ready," McCarthy said. "It's a big challenge with their defensive line, especially the matchup with particularly [Rams defensive end Chris] Long. That's why you take the full week and make sure he's ready."

There's less optimism for receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and safety Morgan Burnett (calf), largely because both are dealing with recurring injuries. Burnett missed the season opener, returned in Week 2 and then missed the next two games. Adams sprained his left ankle in Week 2, tried to play in Week 3 but lasted only three plays and missed last Sunday's game at San Francisco.

"The fact of the matter is this is the second time," McCarthy said. "So that's part of the evaluation."

The official injury report with status designations – probable, questionable, doubtful or out – will be released later Friday.