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Packers' rookie report: Week Three

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Here’s a look at how the Packers’ first-year players are faring through three games:

OT Bryan Bulaga (first round): After it looked early last week like he would be replacing a gimpy Chad Clifton at left tackle against the Bears, Bulaga ended up seeing limited action in the game, as Clifton was able to play, although not very well at all.

DE Mike Neal (second round): Neal has yet to be activated after reportedly tearing some cartilage away from his ribs in an injury suffered Sept. 8.

SS Morgan Burnett (third round): Suffice it to say, Burnett, who played pretty well in Week Two, had his share of problems in Week Three. He had four tackles and an interception that was nullified by a penalty, but his extremely ill-timed pass-interference flag with 1:44 remaining gave the Bears a first down at the nine-yard line, leading to Robbie Gould's game-winning field goal.  

TE Andrew Quarless (fifth round): Inactive in Week Two, Quarless saw action against the Bears as both a receiver and on special teams. He actually had a chance at a TD but failed to complete his route with a little over seven minutes remaining in the game, and he ended up with one catch for zero yards on the night.

OG Marshall Newhouse (fifth round): Newhouse was once again on the inactive list and remains an emergency insurance policy for the offensive line.

RB James Starks (sixth round): After missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury, Starks isn't eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list until Oct. 18.

DE C.J. Wilson (seventh round): Wilson was activated against Chicago but was a nonfactor who did not show up on the game's final defensive statistics.

Undrafted rookies:

OLB Frank Zombo: A surprise starter in place of Brad Jones at right outside linebacker, Zombo had two tackles and a sack for a 10-yard loss. But he also had a costly roughing-the-passer penalty that negated an interception by fellow rookie Morgan Burnett.  

CB Sam Shields: Shields had only one tackle in the nickel corner role and was beaten on a corner route by Bears WR Johnny Knox for a 31-yard reception that helped set up the Bears' first TD of the night by Greg Olsen.

TE Tom Crabtree: Crabtree played against the Bears, but like Wilson, he did not show up in the final defensive stats.

RB Dimtri Nance: After getting two carries against Buffalo in Week Two, the ex-Falcon was inactive in Week Three.

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