GREEN BAY – Daryn Colledge will be the starting left guard in the Green Bay Packers season opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Sept. 12 at 3:15 p.m. Central time at Lincoln Financial Field.
According Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette at head coach Mike McCarthy's post-practice press conference, as reported on Twitter:
MM: Colledge will start at left guard in season opener.
First-round draft choice Bryan Bulaga had been battling Colledge for the starting nod ever since the second week of training camp.
Colledge has the edge in experience over Bulaga, but it also didn't help that the rookie has been battling a hip flexor issue that kept him out of practice for one day last week and this past Thursday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
McCarthy has preached "accountability and availability" during his tenure in Green Bay, and Colledge has met the availability factor every day since training camp opened. Known for his durability, Colledge has not missed a regular season game in his entire professional career.
The veteran offensive lineman opened practice as the starting left guard when Bulaga dressed up only in shorts with the rest of the team in pads. Bulaga took part in the jog through portion of practice.
No serious competition from Jason Spitz materialized at left guard during training camp.
According to reports, McCarthy only committed to Colledge as the starting left guard for the season opener perhaps leaving the door open to Bulaga in the future.
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