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Bulger welcomes chance vs. Packers
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
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 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
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."
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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