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Oh, Good, Bryan Bulaga is Injured

We don’t know too much yet, but it’s never good when Bryan Bulaga gets injured, is it?

The Green Bay Packers’ starting right tackle has dealt with knee injuries throughout his career. Bulaga has been sidelined for 32 games in his career, including all of 2013.

The Packers’ backup plan at tackle — once thought to be solid — now looks shaky.

The obvious replacement, if Bulaga is sidelined, would be 2016 second-round pick Jason Spriggs. However, Spriggs has played so badly this preseason that seems a frightful thought.

Although technically a left tackle, Spriggs is considered the top backup regardless of side. Last year, he filled in at guard, as well. Last year, he wasn’t playing as badly as what we’ve seen this year, however.

Another possible option would be 2016 seventh-round pick Kyle Murphy, who played right tackle at Stanford.

Hopefully, the Packers won’t have to make that decision.

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  1. PF4L August 23, 2017

    Murphy and Spriggs split time at practice at right tackle. Murphy was put in ahead of Spriggs. Not sure what story that tells us, but it probably isn’t a good one.

    1. Kato August 23, 2017

      Jesus. If only JC Tretter were kept….

      1. PF4L August 24, 2017

        I’m uncomfortable being called that. Please just refer to me as PF4L.

        Thank you.

        1. Howard August 24, 2017

          :-)

  2. Kato August 23, 2017

    Well, it is a good thing our running backs excel in pass pro.

  3. Drater August 23, 2017

    Not liking the depth at OT and OLB

  4. Deepsky August 24, 2017

    I have a feeling offensive line is going to be an issue this year.

    It’s been an issue nearly every year for the Packers since Tauscher and Clifton left and last year it seemed the Packers caught a break as the tackles were healthy and Lane Taylor did a good job as a replacement for Josh Sitton.

    I figure the Packers are due to have Don Barclay as tackle for 10 games.

  5. Howard August 24, 2017

    If A Rodgers is in against Denver it doesn’t matter if Murphy or Spriggs are at right tackle. M Bennett or Kendricks will be lined up right next to the new right tackle. Hopefully Bulaga is back soon. Murphy may have looked better than Spriggs in camp so far but neither can be trusted right now protecting Rodgers against an opponents #1 D.

    Maybe one of the two second year guys will step up and show they have it. Isn’t that how draft and develop is supposed to work a veteran gets injured and someone steps in and makes the coaches have to make a hard decision when the veteran is healthy?

  6. PF4L August 24, 2017

    Yea…i agree and respect both Deep’s and Howard’s awareness. Especially Howards point about the tight ends helping block up front. Some injuries, and we could see that on a regular basis. Then 30-40% of your offensive play calling is deemed futile because your tight ends are too busy playing O lineman.

    There is one area beside’s QB that is critical as to the failures and success of this team, it’s the O-line. Spriggs has looked absolutely horrible, and unlike some other views, i didn’t think he looked good last season.

    It’s was pretty ballsy (or dumb) getting rid of 2 very talented lineman. I’m not so sure signing a band-aid right guard, having unproven back ups, and hoping to God neither of your tackles get injured, is any way to prepare for a season. Especially when you consider the line is tasked with protecting your #1 asset.

    As i’ve stated before, for years we had O-line issues, we finally get a solid O-line, then Ted dismantles it.

    It wasn’t that long ago that Bakhtiari missed games, we all witnessed that nightmare, until Tretter stopped the bleeding, hence the drafting of Spriggs. What happens if Bakhtiari misses games this season, what’s Ted’s back up plan? Murphy? Spriggs? Barclay? God help Aaron Rodgers.