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Here's a look at how the Packers' first-year players are faring through five games:
OT Bryan Bulaga (first round): Bulaga has had better days than his effort in Week Five starting at right tackle in place of the injured Mark Tauscher. His second false-start penalty of the game turned a manageable 3rd-and-7 situation into a 3rd-and-12 on the Packers' first possession of overtime, and his inability to pick up a hard-charging Jeremy Jarmon on the play in which Aaron Rodgers threw the interception that led to Washington's game-winning score proved to be costly with Rodgers suffering a concussion.
DE Mike Neal (second round): After missing the first three games with a rib injury, Neal appears to be coming on strong. Displaying great natural strength inside, he made the most of his increased action in Week Five after Ryan Pickett went down early with an ankle injury, contributing two tackles and his first sack of the season for a nine-yard loss.
SS Morgan Burnett (third round): Burnett has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week Four.
TE Andrew Quarless (fifth round): Activated for the third time this season, Quarless stepped up to the plate pretty effectively after TE Jermichael Finley went down early with a hamstring injury against Washington. Considered to be a Finley-like talent, Quarless had four catches for 51 yards, including a key 21-yard catch to the Redskins' 35-yard line that went for naught when Mason Crosby's potential game-winning field goal of 53 yards hit the left upright with time running out in regulation. Quarless was also the intended target on a key 4th-and-1 pass on Washington's one-yard line midway through the first half that hit Washington defender Lorenzo Alexander in the back of the helmet.
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 Washington but did nothing noteworthy for the second consecutive week.
OLB Frank Zombo — Zombo went back to being a reserve behind Brad Jones at right outside linebcker in Week Five, but he made his presence felt after Clay Matthews went out with a hamstring injury, making two tackles before suffering a knee injury.
CB Sam Shields — Shields, who had won the nickel corner job, remained out again in Week Five with a calf injury.
TE Tom Crabtree — Crabtree saw more action at tight end in place of the injured Finley in Week Five, but mostly as a run blocker. He did have one catch for three yards and was targeted twice.
RB Dimtri Nance — The ex-Falcon was active for the Redskins game but was a nonfactor who has yet to really get a chance to strut his stuff.