Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga has a torn MCL, per ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. Bulaga was injured during the second quarter of the regular season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Bulaga got tangled up with teammate tight end Richard Rodgers and was clutching his left knee afterward. It’s the same knee where Bulaga tore his ACL last year during training camp. It’s also the fourth injury to that same knee in four years.
The exact timetable for Bulaga’s return is unknown, but the average length of time for a MCL tear to heal is about four weeks. Derek Sherrod filled in at right tackle when Bulaga went out. Sherrod was shaky at best in his first substantial outing in nearly three years. He missed a block on a fourth down play that saw Aaron Rodgers sacked and fumble the ball into the endzone for a safety. Sherrod did, however, fall on the ball to prevent a touchdown.
The Packers are spread very thin on the offensive line now with injuries to Bulaga and J.C. Tretter. Corey Linsley filled in at center against the Seahawks and the Packers promoted Garth Gerhart to the active roster to back up Linsley. Lane Taylor is the eight lineman and has very little NFL experience over two seasons.
In his Press Conference this afternoon, McCarthy indicated there was “a gap” in Bulaga’s opinion and the doctors’ opinions on the injury. Bulaga thinks he can practice next week. McCarthy thinks they’ll know more on Wednesday.
UPDATE: According to Brian Carriveau of Cheesehead TV, whdo cited a league source, the Packers have reached out to free agent veteran offensive lineman Eric Winston as a possible addition to the team’s roster. Winston currently serves as the NFL Players Association player’s rep, the same role that former Packers center Jeff Saturday held when he was with the team. Let’s hope if they do turn to Winston, that he can offer the team more than Saturday did!——————
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