GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Although Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that he's more optimistic about Bryan Bulaga's chances of playing Sunday against Detroit than he was last week against the Jets, the Green Bay Packers coach listed his starting right tackle as questionable for the second straight week.
The Packers practice on Saturday instead of Friday this year, so McCarthy will have one more chance to look at Bulaga before making a final determination. The same goes for cornerback Casey Hayward, who also was listed as questionable because of a glute strain.
"Bryan Bulaga, and really Casey is in the same boat, they're progressing well," McCarthy said Friday. "Yesterday went well. Obviously they're having treatments today, extended treatments. But they have to get through the whole thing tomorrow, so that's the only hurdle left."
Bulaga did not play against the Jets because of the sprained MCL he sustained in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. With Sunday's game on artificial turf at Ford Field, that also could be a consideration for whether Bulaga plays.
"We're going to practice on turf tomorrow, so that's part of our decision-making process," McCarthy said.
If Bulaga can't play, Derek Sherrod will make his second straight start. For Sherrod, it marks the return to a stadium in which he played his first offensive snaps (he finished the Thanksgiving 2013 game by playing six snaps in the blowout loss). Before that, Sherrod had not played a snap on offense since he broke his leg on Dec. 18, 2011.
Sherrod allowed two sacks against the Seahawks and another against the Lions, but the Packers feel like he has settled into the role.
"He's getting better," McCarthy said of the former first-round pick. "I feel good about Derek, the direction he's going."
Here's the full injury report:
LB Brad Jones (quadriceps)
OLB Andy Mulumba (knee)
RT Bryan Bulaga (knee)
CB Casey Hayward (glute)
S Micah Hyde (knee)