Bryan Bulaga’s Season May Be Over

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Bryan Bulaga

Bryan Bulaga

Update: The Packers have confirmed that Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL and will miss the entire season. The plan now appears to be to move rookie David Bakhtiari into the starting lineup at left tackle.

Bad news out of Green Bay. The Packers fear left tackle Bryan Bulaga may have torn a ligament in his knee during Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage and that the injury could end his season.

The team was running tests on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.

Bulaga, who missed nine games last season with a hip injury, played 30 snaps during Family Night and stayed on the field for the duration of the event. He didn’t report a problem until afterwards.

So what happens if Bulaga is indeed lost for the year?

The Packers would have to move Marshall Newhouse or rookie David Bakhtiari to left tackle. Newhouse played there last season, but wasn’t particularly impressive. Bakhtiari might be the better option. He’s been impressive in camp and played the position in college.

There’s also always former first-round pick Derek Sherrod, if he ever gets back on the football field again. Sherrod is currently on the physically unable to perform list because of the leg injury he suffered in late 2011.

Stay tuned for more.

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39 Comments on "Bryan Bulaga’s Season May Be Over"

    • TyKo Steamboat

      IKR….prolly the 2nd most important position in our offensive system is LT

      & our best run-blocker…

      FML

  1. the real russ letlow

    wow. this absolutely sucks. the guy who the whole line shift was made around goes down. It is time to get Sherrod on the field and see what he has, or get a back up immediately – is Cliffy in shape?

    • Savage57

      When I heard about the Packers cancelling the closed practice today, I had a beautiful thought…

      I imagined MM, still hungover from last night, jumped right back in with a beer breakfast and after dusting about a half bottle of Jack, called TT and told him he wasn’t coming in today.

      Then he finished the rest of the bottle, called Campen and Slocum and invited them over to his house and proceeded to kick the shit out of ’em.

  2. Ryan

    I’m still amazed/confused that he played through this and mentioned after that he had some discomfort. Either the dude is one tough SOB (which being from Iowa I would assume he slung hay and wrestled pigs growing up so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is just plain ol tough) or the injury isn’t as bad as some other ACL tears.

    Either way, this flat out blows. I’m legit worried now. Somebody please tell me we’ll be alright

    • Phatgzus

      It’s gonna be alright, we still have the same as we did most of last season but better RBs, a better D-line, and a more experienced defensive backfield. That being said we once again have Marshall Newhoyse as our starting LT, but at leasy Sitton’s over there to help him on stunts.

  3. The Really Real, for serious this time, Russ Letlow

    Oh man, he was going to be the best RT in the league this year (sarcasm). I guess if there is a silver lining with having a bad line is that if someone gets hurt, it isn’t that big of a deal.

  4. PF4L

    Rest easy Packer fans…We still have Sherrod, Newhouse, Barclay, and some others with no NFL experience….Teddy is on top of it…(cough)

    • Phatgzus

      Quit being a Negative Nancy Kyle; we get it, TT’s drafted crap O-linemen, shit he’s only drafted 2 in the top 2 rounds (3 in the top 3), usually most of the good big men are gone after 2 rounds. It’s not like Bulaga totally sucks (yeah he’s no Munoz or Ogden), he’s just hurt all the damn time, and Sherrod suffered a rare and calamitous injury, predicting injuries, esp. in o-linemen isn’t an exact science duder.

      If you wanna bitch, that’s cool but it’d be stellar if you threw something constructive in there every once in a while, I’m sure you have it in you.

      • PF4L

        phatboy…It isn’t who he drafted…its that the line still sucks going into year #3….You think the only way to get players is through the draft peanut head? It’s not being negative, it’s reality. I thought TT was a talent seeking Guru?…Draft, free agency, undrafted free agents….Where’s the magic?…..Concerning the O-line, TT has failed. for whatever “reasons”. That’s the bottom line. When you have the leagues best QB, its a failure.

        • Phatgzus

          Packers O-line was above-average to good in 2010 and ’11 (you know the years they won the Super Bowl and went 15-1). The time period for evaluating a player is at least 3 years, Sherrod is going into his third and despite injuries, Bulaga has passed muster. Barclay is in his second year, as is Datko, Bakhtiari is a rookie and has reportedly been quite impressive, even holding his own against the Bloodline. TT hasn’t really focused on o-line because it wasn’t a major issue until last year (due to injuries and the loss of Wells). Additionally, good linemen, particularly OL, are scarce anywhere later than the first round, there’s also only been 1 good crop of o-linemen in the past few years. Look around the league, almost all of the top LTs-the Packers’ main area of concern-are top 20 picks, GB hasn’t had a top 20 pick in 3 years. Would you have likes them to have moved up and
          drafted Carimi? Be honest, you don’t study or even watch the games do you?

          Glad to see you can have a constructive, intellectual debate without resorting to name-calling. Stay classy Pf4l.

          • PF4L

            That’s right…Keep living off the success of 2010…That’s what Capers, T Williams, and B J Raji are doing also……………O line was above average to good?…Says who?…You?…lol…..The Packers O line rankings, if anything, were skewed…based upon Rodgers World class performance each year (in spite of a bad O line and a bad running game. How dare you give credit to the O line when it was Rodgers great play, that gave the O line any underserved praise. Rodgers was MVP, goes to Pro Bowls……There is a reason for that.

          • PF4L

            phatgzus says ” Would you have likes them to have moved up and
            drafted Carimi? Be honest, you don’t study or even watch the games do you?

            Glad to see you can have a constructive, intellectual debate.”……………………..Learn proper grammar phatgzus….Than you can talk about talking intellectually…smh

          • Phatgzus

            Lol, PF4L I’m typing on an iPod and accidentally hit ‘s’ instead of ‘d’, resultant, that is a spelling error, and thusly, not a grammatical error. Nice attempt but perhaps you should learn what grammar entails (syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, phonetics, and pragmatics) prior to criticizing someone on that basis. Anemic effort on your part, please try again, you can do better, and other such platitudes.

          • Phatgzus

            I’m also living off the success of the past 2 years as well, in the past 3 years the Packers have a SB and 2 division titles along with a first-round bye; the playoff games they lost were to 2 hot teams, one that won it all and the other that came within a goal-line stand of winning it all. You cant win every year, this isn’t the 1960s, sorry. The parity on today’s league is absolutely astounding-the Packers are the ONLY NFC team to have made the playoffs each of the last 3 years, that’s incredible. Sure they wouldn’t be nearly as good without Rodgers, fucking duh; what team would be nearly as good without there best player, esp. when he’s the best in the entire league? Look at the Colts without Manning or Luck. If you seriously require the Packers to win it all every year, you are untenably spoiled and separated from reality and I pity you because you can’t enjoy the amazing tide we’ve been on over the past 2 decades. Furthermore, if Rodgers makes the O-line so much better what happened this year (he’s always held the ball a long time trying to make plays, he’s not Manning)? No what really hurt the line was a mixture of the loss of Wells, Bulaga, and a schedule including some of the better pass-rushing or coverage Ds in the NFL (SF, NYG, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Arizona, Houston, and Minnesota; STL is no slouch either, ESP. At home).

  5. Ryan Ellison

    makes you realize how lucky we were to have the road graders we had in the Favre/A. Green era. same group every year and healthy every week (until age got the better of them)

    • Phatgzus

      True that, they may not have had anything on the Seven Blocks of Granite but at least they were able to play every week of course sans Ckifton that one year with the whole Warren “I’m a Fat Load of Crap” Sapp kerfuffle.

  6. It’s been a damn long time since Sherrod got injured. Missing all of last season was tough, but for this recovery to spill into another season is just maddening. Thought it was just broken bones (many breaks), but reconstructed guys come back after a year. It’s time, Derrick. It’s past time.

  7. GBslacker

    Based on what I’ve read…
    …there is no real chance of Sherrod playing — probably ever again.
    …Datko seems unable to play at the NFL-level.
    …Barclay can’t play center.
    …Taylor is a shorts-n-shells tease.
    …the rest are scrubs.

    I’d prefer Barclay at RT.
    I see no upside in Newhouse, but he could backup with VanRoten.

  8. Shawn iltarion

    Agree, Slacker. If you are going to put the rookie in at LT instead of Newhouse, then go ahead and put Barclay in at RT. We’ll have the two young B’s at tackle.

    DAMN good thing that we drafted Bakhtiari and that he looks good.

    This is somewhat ironic considering the entire OL switch was made for Bulaga.

  9. GBslacker

    If you watch Newhouse, you’ll see he is nimble and can move well for a man his size.
    But his hand-play stinks.
    His hands are low, near his waist.
    He’s not good at contacting an opponent’s body — he always plays patty-cake or arm-wrestles his guy.
    He leans and becomes over-extended; he needs to use his feet to step into an opponent.

    On passing plays, he quickly assumes the ideal pocket position — but his opponent has been untouched. Once Newhouse anchors, the opponent contacts him with a full head of steam. This starts the pocket collapse that forces Rodgers to step up into pressure.

    We’ve seen this for two years. Despite the rhetoric (student-of-the-game, prides himself on not making the same mistake twice) I see a guy who’s not good and not improving.

    How much of this is coaching, or lack thereof?

  10. Shawn Iltarion

    I believe coaching is an issue and has been as long as Campen has been there.

    I didn’t agree with the change in the first place, but I was willing to trust that MM knew what he was doing.

    Everyone wants to bury Newhouse, and he does have his issues. Yet, the fact remains that Newhouse faced Jared Allen and Aldon Smith in back to back playoff games last season, and he gave up 1 sack. In my book, that is good enough and no switch was needed.

    Comically, Don Barclay’s emergence at RT might have been one good reason for the switch, but then MM decided Barclay should play inside, despite the fact that the dude can’t snap.

    The fortunate thing for the Packers is that they have all 4 preseason games to figure out who their LT should be.

    • Phatgzus

      The o-line was Pretty solid until they let Wells walk (Bulaga, Sitton, Wells, Lang, Clifton) then it went downhill; I don’t think it’s Campen that’s the problem, it’s not resigning Wells and an injured Bulaga that really hurt the line. Granted that Newhouse stat is somewhat comforting esp. since it’s recent history, granted Justin Smith (who is a major reason for Aldon’s success) had a torn muscle (labrum i believe) and Allen didn’t have quite the dominant season he usually does, still premier pass rushers the both of them.

      As for Barclay, I believe they’re comfortable with his ability at RT (at least moreso than Newhouse’s), and they’re cross-training him for depth while Newhouse received much-needed work at RT. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  11. Kristofer from Oshkosh

    This is very dissappointing news. I was really looking forward to seeing the O-Line with bulaga and sitton on the left side, but apparently only in my dreams will this ever happen. The only option I see right now is to put Newhouse, who would never be a starter on any team besides the packers, back at LT and Barclay at RT. Here is to hoping the David Bakhtiari can fill in sooner rather than later and be better than Newhouse in only is first year.

  12. darrin

    Bulaga is just a guy, like the other 4 minus maybe Sitton. He’s not exactly a book-end All Pro tackle. Plug someone else in and roll with it. If the skilled players produce, and with some semblance of a run game this team is fine. Was Bulaga that great at run blocking? Barclay was arguable better. Let’s hope the D stays healthy and guys like Jones and Perry make some plays, along with the secondary. Maybe this team develops a new identity on defense. Pipe dream maybe, but WTF else you gonna do.

  13. PF4L

    The problem is….having to hope a 4th round pick is better than Newhouse. I’m pleased with a Packer fan admitting that Newhouse is awful and has no business starting (finally). I also agree that Wells shouldn’t have been let go, ( I said that at the time) that was the start of the decline of the O line. As far as Bakhtiari ……Yes they say he looked good….But a few padded practices doesn’t make a starting O lineman. Lets see what happens in pre-season when jobs are on the line. I cant help but think that Rodgers must be shitten bricks right now.

    • Phatgzus

      Finally? You ask almost any Packer fan and they will express their displeasure with Newhouse’s performance. Also, you criticize my grammar (although spelling was the issue) yet you right the slang verb form of shitting with an ‘e’ and no apostrophe, and you synthesized a sentence with 2 ellipses? Holy shit, SMH.

  14. Cheese

    Two first round picks on the OL that haven’t produced shit, other than Bulaga playing during the super bowl year. Is it too early to call them busts?

  15. rebelgb

    If Newhouse is starting LT im not watching the Packers live this year. I will cancel my TW like ive been wanting to do and watch all the games via NFL Replay. Newhouse is absolutely terrible and should not be starting in this league. How can anyone be surprised we brought in VY when Newhouse and him probably had the same Wonderlick score and TT has Newhouse staring on our line?!

    Time to give the rookie a shot, he cant do any worse and maybe, just maybe we have our next Pro Bowl LT and dont even know it yet.

    Im also sick of hearing about how good our Oline was in 2011. Did you people watch the Packers that year? Our run game was shit and Rodgers ran for his life almost every game. True he held onto the ball too long, but that may have been due to him spending the first few seconds after the snap wondering if he had to run for his life right away rather than reading the defense. Seems obvious now.

    Hope Arodge can stay healthy….

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  17. rebelgb


    Ryan:

    Well, if that’s not the biggest overreaction… (“not watching the Packers live this year.”)

    A bit over the top true, but really thats how much I dislike Newhouse.

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