Everyone assumed right tackle Bryan Bulaga and his balky knees would be sidelined when the regular season started. There has also been conjecture that he might be released.
It appears neither will be the case.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he believes Bulaga will be available to start the season. That would suggest he will also be available at some point during training camp. The Packers aren’t going to throw him out there week 1 with no practice time.
“You obviously had a similar injury before and (we’re) very much in tune with the time frame there,” McCarthy said. “But he looks great. I think Bryan has been here the whole summer except for maybe one day, two days. I know that he was in here every day that I was in here.”
Bulaga, who started training camp on the physically unable to perform list, took it one step further.
#Packers RT Bryan Bulaga said he thought he was ready to practice today, but the medical staff wants to wait until the 9-month mark in his rehab from a torn ACL. That date is Aug. 6.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 26, 2018
That, simply, is crazy. However, we’ve been hearing all offseason how hard Bulaga has been working in his rehab. It appears he really wants to remain a member of the Green Bay Packers.
It now appears the Packers will have their full offensive line intact for the season opener, although right guard is still technically up for grabs. Justin McCray is the favorite there, but perhaps he’ll get some competition from Kyle Murphy in light of this development.