Packers Fear Bulaga Out For Season

| August 5th, 2013

Losing Jeremy Maclin was bad but the Eagles still have enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball to compensate. Dennis Pitta and Dan Koppen are solid players but by no means irreplaceable.

The Packers believe they’ve lose left tackle Bryan Bulaga for the season. The converted right tackle is the best player on an already shaky Packers offensive line and is arguably one of the three or four most important players on the Green Bay roster.

From the Journal-Sentinel:

If the injury is significant, the Packers would have two options.

They could move right tackle Marshall Newhouse back to left tackle, where he played all 1,103 snaps in 2012 and started 13 games in 2011.

Or they could keep Newhouse at right tackle and start rookie David Bakhtiari, their impressive fourth-round draft choice, at left tackle. Bakhtiari alternated with Newhouse at right tackle in the scrimmage and didn’t have an obvious bad play in his 31 snaps.

Don Barclay, the late-season starter at right tackle a year ago, has focused on center and right guard in the last week.

Andrew Datko, a second-year tackle, doesn’t appear to have made much progress this summer.

Tackle Derek Sherrod remains on the physically unable to perform list with a leg injury dating to December 2011. The coaches say Sherrod is close to being able to practice, but he has done nothing on the field yet.

This injury does not shift the balance of power in the NFC North…yet.