- Florio adds that the surgery will happen when the swelling subsides, which could sometime next week.
Bulaga was holding out hope that he could play again this season, but he will end up missing at least majority of the year. There is a chance he could be back in December or possibly even January, so we will have to see if the Packers are willing to put him on IR with a designation to return.
All indications are that will move forward with rookie David Bakhtiari as their starting left tackle.
- Rob Demovsky reports that the Packers will give rookie OT David Bakhtiari the first shot at playing left tackle now that Bulaga is out for the season.
It’s worth noting Patriots G Logan Mankins was able to play through a torn ACL a few years ago. Bulaga surprisingly finished the team’s practice before he went to the medical staff for treatment on what he believed to be swollen knee.
The Packers have last year’s left tackle Marshall Newhouse working on the right side to open Monday’s practice.
- Hub Arkush reported earlier in the day that Bulaga was seeking a second opinion from James Andrews.
McGinn adds that Green Bay is expected to add fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari, who has been a standout during training camp, to their starting unit at either left or right tackle.
This will almost certainly end Bulaga’s 2013 season. Last year, Bulaga sustained a serious hip injury that forced the Packers to turn to rookie Don Barclay at right tackle.
We’ll have to see what they choose to do in the coming days.
- Green Bay is reportedly “hoping for the best while fearing the worst” regarding Bulaga’s knee.
- Packers are concerned that the injury was a torn ligament and could turn out to be season-ending.
Bulaga, 24, was looking good during the team’s training camp before the injury, despite moving over to the left side. The Packers could be forced to Marshall Newhouse back to left tackle or possibly even start standout rookie David Bakhtiari if Bulaga is indeed done for the season.
Former first-round draft choice, Derek Sherrod, is still on the PUP list with a leg injury that he suffered back in 2011, but the Packers’ coaching staff believes he’s close to returning.
We’ll have more as the news is available.