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Bryan Bulaga 'felt good out there'

Packers starting RT off to good start in return from ankle injury


GREEN BAY -- Packers starting RT Bryan Bulaga was back on the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle in training camp, and the early returns were positive.

"I thought he looked good," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said before Thursday's full-pads workout. "I know he felt good out there, so we're going to go with the same approach today."

Bulaga was limited on Wednesday, taking part in the opening portions of practice, including individual drills. His injury occurred prior to the Packers' third preseason game.

The Seahawks have an injury situation of their own involving RB Thomas Rawls, who has missed multiple weeks with an ankle injury. He has returned to practice as well, but whether he's able to play on Sunday remains to be seen.

Former Packers RB Eddie Lacy could be in line to get the bulk of the carries for Seattle if Rawls is sidelined or limited. C.J. Prosise is another option for the Seahawks in the backfield, and McCarthy said the challenge for the Packers is that none of Seattle's backs is alike.

"The second and third effort (with Rawls) is something that jumps out at you," McCarthy said. "The combination of different running styles in their running back group is very good. They all have a distinct way they play, and that's what we're going to focus on -- which running back is in the game."

For the Packers, new defensive lineman Quinton Dial is expected to practice for the first time on Thursday. He was absent Wednesday. LB Ahmad Brooks has practiced twice with Green Bay now, and McCarthy characterized his transition as smooth so far.

"I thought he really stood out in the pass-rush drill yesterday," McCarthy said. "He seems comfortable, and schematically how we're using him. I thought he got off to an excellent start."

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