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Here's a look at how the Packers' first-year players are faring through four games:
OT Bryan Bulaga (first round): Bulaga was a nonfactor on the Packers' offensive line against the Lions in Week Four, as Chad Clifton held up the entire game at left tackle and came through with his best effort this season. Bulaga did see action on special teams, switching to right tackle after the Bears blocked a field goal in Week Three with him at right guard.
DE Mike Neal (second round): Neal made his pro debut after missing the first three games with injured ribs and made his presence felt, forcing a fumble by Lions RB Jahvid Best and registering two pressures. He primarily played right end when the Packers were in their 3-4 base.
SS Morgan Burnett (third round): The promising rookie's season grounded to an abrupt halt when he suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter. The early prognosis is that he will make a complete recovery. The Packers might have to scramble at strong safety for a while without him and compensate with creative alignments until veteran Atari Bigby comes off the physically-unable-to-perform list and hopefully is able to take over the starting job quickly.
TE Andrew Quarless (fifth round): Quarless was used on the first play of scrimmage in Week Four, which was enough to qualify as his first official start at the pro level. But beyond that play, he was a nonfactor against the Lions.
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 PUP list until Oct. 18.
DE C.J. Wilson (seventh round): As was the case in Week Three against the Bears, Wilson was activated against Detroit but did not show up on the game's final defensive statistics.
OLB Frank Zombo: Zombo made his second straight start, but at left outside linebacker instead of right outside linebacker. He had three tackles and one QB hurry, but he was not as effective setting the edge as fellow OLBs Brady Poppinga and Brad Jones.
CB Sam Shields: Shields was on the inactive list in Week Four with a calf injury.
TE Tom Crabtree: Crabtree saw action at both tight end and on special teams and delivered some decent blocks. But he had no offensive or special-teams numbers.
RB Dimtri Nance: The ex-Falcon was active for the Lions game after being inactive the previous week, but he made no offensive contributions.