McCarthy: Packers RT Bulaga 'dodged a bullet' with knee sprain

Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga sprained and bruised his knee during Sunday's victory at Chicago, and it's not clear if he'll be able to play this weekend against the Denver Broncos.

Given the Packers' recent history with season-ending injuries, it could have been much worse.

"Talking to Dr. (Pat) McKenzie after the game, he felt that we dodged a bullet, to use his words, based on his examination," McCarthy said.

Bulaga went down with an apparent injury to his left knee during the first quarter last Sunday at Soldier Field. It looked bad when Bulaga first went to the turf, but the injury isn't as bad as the Packers first feared.

"A normal conversation for me on Mondays, talking with the players and talking with the medical staff, is, the players feel they're going to play and be fine, and the medical staff is more concerned," McCarthy said. "So there'll be more information that's gathered here, and hopefully I'll have a better handle on it Wednesday."

Bulaga won't be the only player the Packers are watching.

McCarthy said running back Ryan Grant bruised a kidney and took a shot in the mouth but finished the game, turning in an impressive 17-carry, 92-yard performance. Backup outside linebacker Brad Jones strained his hamstring.

McCarthy didn't provide a timeline on any of the injured players' potential return to practice or availability for this Sunday's game against the Broncos at Lambeau Field.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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