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Packers' Bryan Bulaga: 'The league has spoken' on Jerry Hughes' hit

12/19/2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Bryan Bulaga never said the hit that concussed him on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills was a dirty play.

He never said it wasn’t, either.

The Green Bay Packers right tackle, who was listed as questionable for this Sunday's game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, preferred to let the film tell the story.

What it showed was a block by Bills' linebacker Jerry Hughes that Bulaga never saw coming during a fourth-quarter interception return.

"I re-watched it a couple of times and from what I saw, it could've gone either way," Bulaga said Friday. "It's just one of those things where you either take the shot or you don't take the shot, and he did. And well, that's the way it goes. It's hard for me to comment on something, especially if the league doesn't [fine him]."

And the NFL did not.

"Well, the league has spoken then," Bulaga said.

The play was similar to one in a Packers game at Tampa Bay in 2002, when Warren Sapp drilled then-Packers tackle Chad Clifton on an interception return. Clifton missed the rest of that season because of the pelvis injury he sustained on that play.

"Normally on an interception, I'm always keeping my head on a swivel," Bulaga said. "I always do, and I felt like I took a couple of steps and looked left [before the hit]."

After the game, Packers guard T.J. Lang, who said he did not see what happened, asked reporters about the play.

"Was it dirty?" Lang asked at the time.

No penalty was called on Hughes.

"As an offensive lineman, we have chances to take those type of shots at every play, and we don't," Bulaga said. "That’s just kind of the way I look at it. As an offensive player, you get those type of angles on pretty much every play."

Bulaga has not practiced all week but appears to be in the final stages of the concussion protocol. He would not have been allowed to talk to reporters if he weren't close to being cleared.

"I think we're on a good track right now, so we'll see what comes about tomorrow and go from there," Bulaga said. "I think I still need to go through a few more steps in testing and seeing the independent neurologist check that we have to do. I think I have a couple more steps."

While Hughes was not fined, Packers linebacker Sam Barrington docked $16,537 for a horsecollar tackle on Bills running back Boobie Dixon. Barrington, however, was not fined for his other personal foul, a hit on Bills running back Fred Jackson.