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“I feel terrible what happened to Bryan and no one knows how hard he’s prepared coming off of last year’s injury,” McCarthy said. “I can (count) on maybe one hand how many days he has left Lambeau Field. He worked out exclusively here in the offseason throughout the summer. So, to see him pour that much into it and able to see it, you feel bad for the person.”

As for Nelson, doctors expect the receiver to be ready in 4-6 weeks. The Packers open the season Sept. 8 at San Francisco.

“Fortunately with Jordy, his particular thing that we had (to) fix is something that we have some experience with with some other guys here,” Thompson said. “So, we think we can predict about the way it’ll go. But you never know.”

In addition to Nelson and Bulaga, wide receiver/returner Randall Cobb, the team’s leading receiver last year, dropped out of practice Tuesday with a biceps injury. No. 1 cornerback Tramon Williams has been sidelined for more than a week with a bone bruise in his knee, and cornerback Casey Hayward has yet to practice because of a hamstring injury. DuJuan Harris, the team’s starting running back at the end of last season, has yet to practice because of a knee injury.

In all, 16 players missed practice Tuesday, including wide receiver Sederrick Cunningham, who was placed on injured reserve to make room on the roster for quarterback Vince Young.

“Injuries are not explainable,” Thompson said. “They just happen.”