Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed reports that offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga will have surgery sometime next week.
While there's a remote possibility that the Packers could use their one "designated for return" option for an injured reserve player on Bulaga, McCarthy said if he has surgery, "I don't see him playing this year."
Here's what's happening with the rest of the walking wounded...
Returning to Practice
Defensive lineman Mike Neal, abdomen
Commentary: Neal passed his physical, has been taken off the PUP list and practiced for the first time this training camp. The Packers worked him back in limited fashion, where he practiced at outside linebacker, but McCarthy said he remains a defensive lineman. As fate would have hit, Neal reportedly had his foot looked at by trainers during practice, which has just about been par for the course for a player who can't seem to stay healthy for long.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb, biceps
Commentary: Cobb returned to practice on Wednesday after dropping out on Tuesday, but he wasn't observed doing much of anything. McCarthy said they're "just being cautious with his bicep." The fact that Cobb is practicing in any fashion would be a positive, especially because so many other wide receivers are being held out (Jordy Nelson, Charles Johnson, Kevin Dorsey), but Cobb's situation is worth monitoring.
Defensive lineman Datone Jones, illness
Commentary: Jones only missed one day of practice, so there doesn't seem to be any concern. On a day that the Packers' second-round draft choice dropped out, it was good news that their first-rounder came back.
Running back Alex Green, knee
Commentary: Green only missed one practice after his surgically-repaired knee flared up on him, but he was back in action on Wednesday. McCarthy said, "I thought he looked good." With Eddie Lacy dropping out, Green will be looked at to receive even more reps in the rookie's absence.
Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, cramps
Commentary: For the second time during the 2013 training camp, Jolly dropped out of practice late in the session to return the next day. Considering hydration was likely the only issue, he should be fine.
Dropping Out of Practice
Running back Eddie Lacy, hamstring
Commentary: One day after essentially establishing himself as the starting running back in Green Bay and receiving more reps with the starters than anyone else, Lacy didn't practice at all on Wednesday with a hamstring issue. McCarthy said, "I haven't been given any information to be concerned, long-term." That's good, but a hamstring injury for a running back is nothing to overlook.
The following players' status hasn't changed (anticipated return in parentheses):
- Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, knee (regular-season opener)
- Cornerback Casey Hayward, hamstring (a couple weeks, as of 7/26)
- Cornerback Tramon Williams, knee (a couple weeks, as of 7/30)
- Running back DuJuan Harris, knee (two or three weeks, as of 7/30)
- Offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, leg (undetermined, on his "last hurdle," according to McCarthy)
- Wide receiver Charles Johnson, knee (undetermined)
- Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey (undetermined)
- Tight end Andrew Quarless, quad (undetermined)
- Tight end Ryan Taylor, knee (week to week, as of 8/6)
- Safety Sean Richardson, neck (undetermined)
- Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, knee (undetermined)
- Offensive lineman J.C. Tretter, ankle (regular season at the earliest)
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