Pregame warmup: Bryan Bulaga back in starting lineup for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 21, 2014 – 10:47 am

Ford Field

DETROIT — Packers RT Bryan Bulaga is active and will start today against Detroit at Ford Field after missing last week’s game with a knee injury. Bulaga was originally injured in the first half of the game at Seattle in Week 1.

Bulaga was limited in practice all week for the second straight week but told reporters on Friday that his knee was feeling “a lot better” than it was a week ago.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Packers CB Casey Hayward is active after being listed as questionable. Hayward played sparingly in last week’s game due to a glute strain.

LB Brad Jones (knee) is out for the Packers for the second straight game and will be replaced in the starting lineup by LB Jamari Lattimore.

For the Lions, RT LaAdrian Waddle is out and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Garrett Reynolds. On defense, SS James Ihedigbo is out and is being replaced by Isa Abdul-Quddus.

In the standings: All four NFC North teams enter Week 3 at 1-1, so the winner of today’s game at Ford Field will have at least a share of first place heading into Week 4. Minnesota plays at New Orleans at the same time as Packers-Lions, and Chicago travels to play the New York Jets on Monday night.

Dominance of Detroit: The Packers are 14-2 against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, with the only two losses coming when Rodgers missed the second half with a concussion in 2010, and when Rodgers didn’t play last Thanksgiving.

The last meeting between the teams was a 40-10 blowout by Detroit in that Thanksgiving game. The Packers defense gave up more than 500 yards and the offense surpassed 100 yards only in the waning moments of the game.

Key division stretch: Today’s game is the first of three straight NFC North contests for the Packers in a span of 12 days. Green Bay travels to Chicago next week and then hosts Minnesota on a Thursday night.

The Packers have enjoyed a lot of success in division games under McCarthy. For more on that, check out this week’s “One Last Look” by clicking here.

Hot start: Packers WR Jordy Nelson has 18 receptions for 292 yards through the season’s first two games. That’s the most receptions and second-most yards in franchise history through two games. For more on that and other tidbits on the Packers’ history against the Lions, check out this week’s infographic.



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