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

Report: Bryan Bulaga may have serious knee injury


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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  • Mike Brand

    now the question is does dbak get that chance at that spot or do they move newhouse back over and set bdak on the right side . i hate we have lost bulaga and now i hope dbak can step up because from what i seen of datko i dont think he will make the team this year

  • Gary Olsen

    what is with the packers and injury’s, cant the team all stay healthy for a minimum of the year. This is getting ridiculous. cowboy up for most of them I can see it for a really bad injury, but then we will start to see clay with shin and sam with shoulder and then next it will be oh I broke an nail. You guys all ready make enough money, so enough with the commercial’s and the glorified days of wining a superbowl. can we just get back to traditional football, without any commercial’s and any one wanting to be paid and god sakes to be healthy for a year. I really wanna knock off the sea hawks and the 9ners. I’m fine with us kinda filling like were and underdog, but I am tired of hearing about two teams I dislike.

    • Dan

      If it was up to the players, most of them would play through injuries. It’s the trainers, team doctor, and coach’s call whether they sit or not. It’s not right to question their toughness, especially considering the physical nature of the game they play. I agree with you though on being tired of hearing about how good the Seahawks and Forty-Niners are.

  • Gary Olsen

    I was not questioning anyone’s toughness. I still hurt from high school football witch was 5 years ago and this is the big leauges. I think it’s just frustrating for a packers fan for all injury bug victims that it has gotten apart of. I’m just thinking that it is time for another Superbowl run. I think Aaron should win at least two more Superbowl if not three, but I like the way we look if the offensive line can hold up.

    • Dan

      Yeah, it seems every year we lose a key player either early in the season or before the season even begins. The Bulaga loss could be a big one. I’m glad they drafted Bakhtiari. He seems to be having a good camp so far. While he won’t play at the same level as Bulaga just yet, his ascent still relieves some of the loss from Bulaga’s injury.