CHICAGO – Right tackle Bryan Bulaga sustained what has been diagnosed as a bruised knee, coach Mike McCarthy said after Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears.
Bulaga, the Green Bay Packers’ second-year right tackle, was hurt in pass protection early during the Packers' second possession when a player he wasn’t blocking, nose tackle Matt Toeania, fell into the side of his left leg. Bulaga remained on the ground for a couple minutes before he was helped off the field by two trainers. He did not return, with Marshall Newhouse playing the final three-plus quarters.
On Bulaga's only full possession, the Packers went 80 yards on seven plays for a touchdown. Green Bay had 312 yards and scored 20 points on its other 13 drives.
“I watched him a little bit in the beginning,” McCarthy said of Newhouse. “We didn’t really change the way we played. I would say without watching the film that he played … OK. But there was really no concern from the coaching staff as far as the adjustments that were made between series. I thought Marshall really stepped up and gave us a chance to stay with our plan.”
Newhouse was a fifth-round pick last season out of TCU, where he was a first-team all-conference selection as a left tackle as a senior. He was inactive for the first 14 games of last season before landing on injured reserve with a minor back injury. He hadn’t played in a regular-season snap before Sunday.
The only other injury mentioned by McCarthy after the game was to Ryan Grant, who took “a couple shots to the mouth” during a fourth-quarter running play. Grant returned after a brief absence. Later, he was taken to a local hospital for X-rays on his ribs, according to a team spokesman.
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