Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga may be taking a longer break than expected if his knee injury is serious. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph
Bob McGinn, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s lead beat writer for the Green Bay Packers, is reporting that newly-annointed left tackle Bryan Bulaga may have suffered a knee injury that could be deemed serious.
The Packers grand experiment of flip-flopping Bulaga and former right guard Josh Sitton to the left side was going pretty well, according to offensive line coach James Campen, but that experiment may come to a quick end if Bulaga’s injury turns out to be serious.
Here’s what Campen said yesterday about how the offensive line move was going:
“You know, I think that quite frankly it’s exceeded what I thought it would be at. I think they’ve done a very good job with their footwork. They took advantage of the OTA periods to get adjusted to it. I think they’re over that hump. It’s just a few little things, new footwork they’ve got to work on, but I think they’ve adjusted very well.”
If Bulaga’s most recent injury requires him to miss any action, it will be the second straight year. Last year, Bulaga suffered a season-ending hip injury last Nov. 4 against the Arizona Cardinals, but was ready to go for the start of training camp this year and the hopes were high.
So, what happens if the worst comes to fruition and Bulaga misses time? Well, they could move Marshall Newhouse back to left tackle or they might consider trying rookie David Bakhtiari at the position. The Packers also have Derek Sherrod, the 2011 first round draft pick who hasn’t seen any action since breaking his leg late in the 2011 season. Nobody’s quite sure when Sherrod might be ready to give his leg another try.
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