In his rookie season of 2010, Bryan Bulaga worked out as a left tackle. He was injured last Saturday night playing the position and now the Packers must figure out a way to fill his shoes. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Packers left tackle: Is it time to panic?


The fix was in – Bryan Bulaga was going to save the day for the Green Bay Packers at the left tackle position and things were moving along just fine. The Packers first team offense looked pretty good against the Packers second team defense as they matriculated the ball down the field in last Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage.

The experiment that was the flip-flopping of Bulaga and former right guard Josh Sitton to the left side seemed to be way ahead of schedule.

That was until last night when the news broke that the Packers were fearing the worst when they heard from trainers that Bulaga had injured his knee. Though it hasn’t been officially announced, sources are saying that Bulaga tore his ACL. That’s a season-ending injury for the oft-injured lineman.

In 12 years as a Packer, former tackle Chad Clifton lost 27 games to injury; in four years with the Packers, if Bulaga sits out all of 2013 he will have lost 27 games due to injury.

That’s not a very good track record, but something the Packers have to look beyond at this point.

It’s certainly not time to panic and if there’s anything good that comes out of the situation, it’s that the Packers are still early in the process.

No matter how the Packers proceed – whether they move Marshall Newhouse back to the left side, try David Bakhtiari at the position, bring in a free agent or come up with some other solution, there’s plenty of time to make the adjustment. It’s better it happened now instead of closer to the start of the regular season or during the regular season.

So, no it’s not time to panic. It’s time to take action and make the best of a bad situation. If there’s any coaching staff in all the NFL that knows a thing or two about injuries, it’s the Packers staff. They will figure out how best to proceed and move on.

The unfortunate thing is that Bulaga, a promising player who had a huge upside, has had this befall him. Will he be able to come back from this downturn and recover? Time will tell.

In the meantime, it’s full speed ahead for the Packers.

Stay tuned …

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  • Taryn Miller

    “The fix was in”….moving Bulaga and Sitton to the left with a new set of RBs AKA,’Thunder and Lightning’ was like a 7 year old having the run of a candy store being promised for Sept 8th…but to the 7 year old and our dismay,that date has been cancelled.
    The positive in this….the candy store will be available to both the child and adults on that day,however,likely in a more reduced time of running amok to gather the goodies.
    As for how the OL will end where…something about a ‘box of chocolates’..hmm?

  • JH9

    Time to Play Smash-Mouth Football!

    Packers fans, please stop with the self-pity! It’s way too early to give up on the season! There’s no question about it, Bulaga going down will make this season a challenge. But rising to a challenge is what winners do! I believe we can still make a serious run for the Lombardi Trophy, but Mike McCarthy, his coaching staff and the entire team will have rise to the challenge. Without a dependable LT, we know we will not have a true balanced offensive attack. AR will not have the luxury of time to wait long for his receivers to be open. We now know what we don’t have, let’s look at what we do have and try to work it to our advantage.

    We still have the best deep passer in the NFL and arguably the best receiving core in the league. We also now have six decent running backs. In my opinion, we should shift our offensive attack from a pass-first attack to a run-first attack. We pick our spots, but when the defenses move in too close to shut down the run, AR hits Jordy or James Jones over the top.

    As far as our offensive line is concerned, I say we choose the best OL to make the running game effective. Yes, Mike McCarthy will have to make play calling adjustments to his West Coast style attack, but adjustments are what all great coaches do. Everyone said going into this season that the Packers play “soft.” Well, I say it’s time for us to play “smash-mouth” football!

  • Loren Baldwin

    This is bad, this is real bad! Next man up…not Newhouse. That proved almost too much for him to handle last year. M.M. Is going to have to do a bit of experimentation, maybe Bakhtiari gets his chance right of the bat. We shall see, nobody ever said it was going to be easy! GO PACK GO!!!!

  • K.L.

    What else could possibly go wrong?