Future Opponent Packers ‘Very Concerned’ About RT Bryan Bulaga’s Knee Injury

Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed three of their first four games this season. Now they wonder if he might miss the rest of the season after the veteran left last night’s loss to the Lions in the fourth quarter after he suffered a right knee injury.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that he did not yet get an opportunity to talk with the team’s head physician, but he said that the doctors looking on Bulaga’s knee “seem very concerned about it”, which is not something you want to hear in such a circumstance.

A former first-round draft pick in 2010, he has only ever played a full season twice in his career, most recently in 2016. He has missed at least four games in four of his seven previous seasons, including the entirety of the 2013 season, and it seems likely that 2017 will be the fifth time.

The Packers will be traveling to Heinz Field in three weeks to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, and when they do, it seems unlikely that they will have their full starting offensive line intact—something that has hardly happened at all this season.

According to ESPN, yesterday’s game was only the second of the season in which all five of their starting offensive linemen were on the field at the same time. They only logged 15 total snaps together heading into the Monday Night game against the Lions.

His right knee buckled while engaged with a defensive lineman on a play early in the fourth quarter. He was carted off the field and immediately ruled out for the rest of the game after then subsequently being carted into the locker room.

Losing Bulaga will not make things any easier on the Packers’ starting quarterback, Brett Hundley, who made his second start last night in place of the injury Aaron Rogers. Rodgers is on the injured reserve list after suffering a broken collarbone, and he will not be eligible to return until late in the season, by which point the Packers may well already be eliminated from playoff contention.

Green Bay fell to 4-4 following last night’s loss, which sees them well out of a playoff spot at this point, as there are three other non-division leaders with a better record, and four more with the same record, two of which have beaten them already.

I’m sure that Bud Dupree would not mind seeing a backup line up at right tackle when the Steelers host the Packers. Anthony Chickillo or Arthur Moats, depending on who ends up lining up on that side, would also be the beneficiary of that misfortune for Bulaga.

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  • hdogg48

    Aaron Rogers is by far the MVP of the NFL.

    Without him they are a 6-10 at best.
    With him they are always in the mix as serious SB contender.

    At Heinz Field they stand little chance against us…even
    if we play Landry Jones at QB.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I feel where you are coming from, and agree with you in general with the exception that with Aaron Rodgers they are a perennial playoff team. Even Aaron Rodgers can’t get that pathetic team to the SuperBowl.

  • LucasY59

    neither GBs Offense or Defense looked good last night, what looked like a tough game on the schedule at the start of the season is not looking that bad anymore (not that it should make anyone overconfident since a letdown loss to any team seems possible) the game is in Pittsburgh so that should make it more favorable as well, but last night at Lambeau the Pack were bad so at Heinz they will hopefully be even worse

  • Chris92021

    The Packers, if they lose to the Bears next week, should just say “screw it” and play for a top 10 pick. Even if they somehow miraculously make the playoffs, Rodgers is not coming back with all those screws in his throwing shoulder. That team has a lot of deficiencies which can only be solved with a strong offseason and draft.

  • Anthony Palmerston

    Dupree will need to step it up. Even against a backup RT.