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    Bulger welcomes chance vs. Packers

    By Bill Coats
    Saturday, Dec. 15 2007

    While emphasizing that lending a hand to his struggling teammates was foremost
    in his mind, quarterback Marc Bulger acknowledged that he had other motives for
    getting back into the lineup this week.

    “Selfish reasons,” he said, smiling. “There aren’t many times that you get to
    play against a Brett Favre or against the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

    Green Bay’s Favre will stroll into the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday needing 184
    passing yards to wrest the NFL career record from Dan Marino. Four days later,
    Bulger’s hometown team — the Steelers — will visit. He’s faced them only once
    in the regular season, a 33-21 road victory in 2003.

    After missing two games because of a concussion suffered Nov. 25 against
    Seattle, Bulger was given the nod after Friday’s practice, even though he’s
    technically listed as “probable” on the injury report.

    “I’m sure he’ll be just fine,” coach Scott Linehan said. “He looks like
    himself. I don’t think there is any question that last week we weren’t ready
    after a couple of days.”

    Bulger sat out Nov. 2 against Atlanta, then returned to the field last week.
    But after two practices, he told Linehan that he “didn’t feel right.” So he
    joined backup Gus Frerotte (shoulder) in sick bay, while Brock Berlin took over
    at Cincinnati. It marked Berlin’s NFL debut.

    Because of that setback, Linehan and Bulger were especially cautious this week
    when discussing his possible availability. When Bulger made it through three
    days of practices without incident, he was pronounced ready to go.

    “We’re basing it on the doctors clearing him, and more importantly he has to
    feel better and be comfortable that he’s a 100 percent,” Linehan explained.
    “That’s where we are.”

    Frerotte improves

    Frerotte figured that the partly torn labrum that he suffered against the
    Falcons would incapacitate him for a while. But he was able to throw without
    discomfort this week and will back up Bulger on Sunday.

    "It feels pretty tired right now, but other than that, it's fine," Frerotte
    said. "They didn't want me to throw Monday, but I said, 'Well, I've got to see
    where I am, what I can do.' I went out and threw ... the next day I threw a
    little more, and I was really surprised."

    Stanley moves up

    Rookie wide receiver Derek Stanley has had quite a week. First, his alma mater,
    Wisconsin-Whitewater, reached the NCAA Division III national championship game;
    it will take on Mount Union today.

    Then Stanley, a seventh-round draft choice, learned that he had been promoted
    to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. His parents, who live in Madison,
    Wis., had planned to attend Sunday's game vs. the Packers anyway.

    "I've been waiting for this all year, and I'm just glad it's here now," Stanley
    said. "I'm going to be nervous. I can relate it back to my first preseason
    game, the butterflies. I think the key is to keep myself calm and not get too
    pumped up."

    Either Stanley or Marques Hagans will return kicks because Brandon Williams
    (ankle) is out.


    Berlin is back with the scout team, his post all season until he was tossed
    into the fray last week. "But I'm still preparing; you never know what could
    happen out there," he said.

    Todd Bouman, brought in last week as an emergency quarterback, has been
    released. ... Tackle Rob Petitti (concussion) was listed as "doubtful," and
    special-teams regular Hanik Milligan (hamstring) was "questionable."

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    Re: Bulger welcomes chance vs. Packers

    Can understand the desire to be on the same field pitted against a Legion in b. Farve. Who wouldn't want that opportunity. Still considering the risks, and a football career being all too short, perhaps Bulger ought to rethink this desicion...certainly Linehan ought too

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