Packers welcome Bulaga to practice, hope he can help O-line

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Right tackle Bryan Bulaga returned to practice after missing two games, giving the Packers a glimmer of good news as they prepare for life without veteran left tackle Chad Clifton for the foreseeable future.

Bulaga was wearing a brace Wednesday on the left knee that he injured at Chicago in Week 3, and it's not clear if he'll be able to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

"(I) had a chance to watch him a little bit, he was working with a brace, and I think the biggest thing is to watch the tape and see how he feels tomorrow," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "But he looked like he's moving fine, but the progression is to take him limited and see how he is tomorrow."

The Packers also are resting right guard Josh Sitton after he hurt his ankle, although McCarthy expects him to play Sunday. But if McCarthy has an idea of how his team will line up at either tackle spot against the Rams, he wasn't about to let on.

"I don't want to talk about it," he said.

Marshall Newhouse started at right tackle in Bulaga's absence -- then switched to left tackle Sunday night at Atlanta after Clifton hurt his hamstring. First-round draft pick Derek Sherrod played right tackle after Clifton's injury.

Despite the upheaval, the offense played better as the game went on, and the Packers beat the Falcons 25-14 to run their record to 5-0.

The Packers signed offensive lineman Ray Dominguez from the practice squad, finally placing safety Nick Collins on injured reserve after he sustained a season-ending neck injury in Week 2.

McCarthy said Dominguez likely will provide depth on the interior while Bulaga, Newhouse and Sherrod rotate at tackle in practice this week.

"I think it's important to rotate all three of those tackles," McCarthy said. "Marshall's played really good football for us the last two weeks. Bryan will come back here, we'll try to get him ready at right tackle, and Derek's been playing both."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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