Bryan Bulaga Passes Physical, Cleared to Begin Practicing in Limited Capacity

Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga has passed his latest physical and is now cleared to begin practicing in a limited capacity, coach Mike McCarthy announced in his Friday morning press conference. Bulaga will come off the Physically Unable to Perform list immediately.

McCarthy had previously stated that Bulaga would be expected to be ready for the opening week of the regular season, but had not previously indicated when he expected Bulaga would be ready to start practicing again.

This is big news for the Packers, who get back a player who is one of the league's best right tackles when he's able to stay healthy. Expect the Packers to be cautious in their use of him throughout much of the rest of training camp and the exhibition season.

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Bure9620's picture

August 03, 2018 at 10:26 am

Wow, not even 10 months removed?!? How long was AP? I want to Bulaga's Protein shake recipe... .

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 03, 2018 at 10:35 am

August 6 would have been the 9-month mark. This is impressive and great news for the Packers.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 03, 2018 at 10:42 am

Great news indeed, and I hope Spriggs and Murphy are still getting increased reps.

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DD's picture

August 03, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Impressive as noted. But, all season? Have my doubts.

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GBPDAN1's picture

August 03, 2018 at 01:30 pm

Great news. Stay healthy big fella!

What's up with Cole Madison??....wierd

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Bure9620's picture

August 03, 2018 at 02:05 pm

Agreed, very weird about Madison, I initially thought maybe a death or illness in his family, but if he does not show at all by the end of August this becomes increasingly peculiar......He was my darkhorse to start at RT!

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GBPDAN1's picture

August 03, 2018 at 04:12 pm

I had high hopes for Cole. Missing part, or all of, training camp is hampering his development. I hope he's ok

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SterlingSharpe's picture

August 03, 2018 at 06:01 pm

It's not irresonsible for us just fans here to speculate. At this point in time, all we have is speculation and guesses and predictions with players and the teams anyway.

It reminds me of Demetrius Underwood from many years ago, Vikings or Cowboys, I can't remember.

Or is it something like what got Chris Borland to shockingly quit/retire after his rookie season?

Or what got Michael Clark to just quit? Some people quit because they know they can get practically killed out there on any play. It's so much more physical and violent than fans think.

Or of course this guy could be on drugs & we're just keeping it quiet.

Any other possibilities you can think of?

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Demon's picture

August 04, 2018 at 08:07 am

I remember the underwood situation well. First round pick of the vikings his career was destroyed by drugs and mental illness.

I hope i'm wrong, but I would guess Madison is in a rehab clinic somewhere for drugs or alcohol.

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zerotolerance's picture

August 03, 2018 at 10:43 am

What does this mean for Bell?

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The TKstinator's picture

August 03, 2018 at 10:51 am

It is for whom that it tolls.

Or

He is the whom for which it tolls?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 03, 2018 at 10:52 am

Not helpful, I'd imagine. Probably how Spriggs and Murphy look at RT will be determinative. [Cap Savings: Bell: $1.2M; Murphy $598K; Spriggs $445K.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 03, 2018 at 11:18 am

You had me at “determinative”! I applaud you, sir!

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zerotolerance's picture

August 03, 2018 at 11:50 am

Based upon their separation in their draft, why is Murphy’s cap hit more than Spriggs?

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The TKstinator's picture

August 03, 2018 at 12:14 pm

This is def TGR territory, but I’m guessing Spriggs (the higher pick) had a bigger bonus spread out over more years, thus lowering his cap #.

(This is just a guess for entertainment purposes only.)

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dobber's picture

August 03, 2018 at 02:01 pm

In this case it's not the cap hit we're looking at, its the savings. Spriggs has a cap hit (for 2018) of ~$1.3M and dead money of ~$900k. Murphy has a cap hit of ~$660k and dead money of ~$60k. Spriggs has more guaranteed money, but also a much larger contract. Murphy has virtually no guaranteed money so most of his cap hit turns into savings. Did I get this right TGR?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 03, 2018 at 03:59 pm

Yup. Spriggs would have $916K in dead money, Bell $550K (I assume we've paid his workout bonus) and Murphy just $60K. I think cap saving is the more important number, so I posted just those.

I suspect GB will give Spriggs 3 seasons unless he looks awful.

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Bearmeat's picture

August 03, 2018 at 11:40 am

I wonder if Bulaga took PEDs like AP clearly did? And no, this is not wry sarcasm.

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DraftHobbyist's picture

August 03, 2018 at 11:42 am

Very possible, but obviously we can't accuse someone without proof. I would argue that his career was starting to get towards the end, despite how good he has been, because of how many injuries he has had.

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Demon's picture

August 03, 2018 at 12:49 pm

I have to wonder how effective he will be after yet another injury and father time knocking at the door. What a shame! When healthy one of the very best.

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dobber's picture

August 03, 2018 at 01:34 pm

Maybe he flew to Europe and got himself shot up with some o' them fancy stem cells and stuff.

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Handsback's picture

August 03, 2018 at 12:01 pm

I applaud his effort to get in shape, just wouldn't push him into anything that might compromise his knee. Take the time for adding strength, and some football shape. It's great to hear him available for the season.

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dobber's picture

August 03, 2018 at 01:38 pm

At this point, the ACL should be structurally sound and not meaningfully more prone to reinjury than an uninjured knee (there have been several studies on this matter). As you say, it's all about inflammation, strength, and flexibility/range of motion.

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The TKstinator's picture

August 03, 2018 at 03:26 pm

Pretty confident that GB takes a very conservative approach in these situations.

(Except for when they bullied poor Marty B into pwaying with an owie on his widdle shoulder.)

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dobber's picture

August 03, 2018 at 03:26 pm

...that he was perfectly willing to try to go play with for the Patriots.

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Demon's picture

August 03, 2018 at 04:36 pm

You don't suppose.....oh no I hate to even think such a thing. You don't suppose M Bennet didn't tell the truth do you?

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DD's picture

August 03, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Great news. Now Perry with his hand???? Why? Too long!!

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Spock's picture

August 04, 2018 at 08:34 am

DD. The injury to his "hand" has since been proven to be a false report. The training staff and doctors are being cautious with his ankle after the surgery, that's all.

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Since'61's picture

August 03, 2018 at 04:36 pm

Great news on Bulaga. He has been around long enough to know not to push too hard too fast. Hopefully he stays on track for week 1.

As for Cole Madison, should we organize a search party?
Thanks, Since '61

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Demon's picture

August 03, 2018 at 04:39 pm

The Madison absence is very puzzling! Whatever his situation is must be serious to possibly put his NFL career in jeopardy.

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SterlingSharpe's picture

August 03, 2018 at 06:03 pm

What do you guys think of Jake Kumerow?

He's getting 1st string reps and Rodgers has called him out, positively today.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/232873725036

Is he the new Brett Swain? Remember we haven't made it back to a Super Bowl since we lost Swain.

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Bearmeat's picture

August 03, 2018 at 06:48 pm

lol. Brett Swain. Completely forgot about that guy! 7th passing option on that 2011 offense.

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Demon's picture

August 03, 2018 at 07:28 pm

It's awfully hard to get excited about any late rd pick, UDFA, or street FA. We've heard hype and bs about them too many times before. Kumerow has maybe a 5% chance of making the team. I hate to see valuable practice time wasted on a guy who more than likely will be selling used cars a month from now.

Since the CBA has limited practice time and offseason activities so badly I'd rather see this time utilized by receivers that will make the team.

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4thand10's picture

August 04, 2018 at 12:38 am

UW Whitewater has had a good football program for some time...not surprising he’s making a little noise.

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NickPerry's picture

August 04, 2018 at 06:08 am

WHEW...This is GREAT news for the Packers and more specifically Rodgers and the run game. I can't wait to see Jones run the ball after week two with Bulaga and Lewis on the right side to pave the way.

Get your popcorn ready....

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Spock's picture

August 04, 2018 at 08:41 am

Great news on Bulaga. I was afraid we'd have to have his "separated at birth" twin, Randy Quaid, come in to play. :)

https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=Randy+Quaid&fr=mcafee&im...

https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=Brian+Bulaga&fr=mcafee&i...

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ricky121's picture

April 03, 2020 at 03:25 am

I didn't know about this. Injuries could be the worst nightmares for an athlete. I once heard from one athlete, he said he used to compose music and create beats when he was injured using gargeband app. The music kept him motivated to make a comeback. Well, garageband is pretty good there is no denying this fact.

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