McCarthy: Bryan Bulaga Has Sprained Knee Cap, Unlikely to Play Sunday
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that right tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a sprained knee cap against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and will be “challenged to play” against the Chicago Bears this week.
Bulaga suffered the injury in the first half and was helped to the locker room for evaluation. He returned to the sidelines in the second half but was unable to play. McCarthy said the injury happened to the same knee he sprained earlier in the season but was a different injury. McCarthy couldn’t provide specifics on what exactly a “knee cap sprain” was, either.
If Bulaga can’t go on Sunday, it’ll likely be T.J. Lang who again plays at right tackle with Evan Dietrich-Smith shifting to left guard. The Packers lined up this way after first-round pick Derek Sherrod broke his leg in the second half. McCarthy confirmed that Sherrod already had surgery in Kansas City and is in good spirits. He’ll miss the rest of the season and it’s not unreasonable to think his playing status for early 2012 could be in question.
McCarthy also said that the Packers may make a move by Wednesday to replace Sherrod’s place on the active roster. Tackle Chris Campbell and guard/center Sampson Genus are the two offensive lineman currently on the Packers’ practice squad, but it’s possible the Packers look other places for help. Mark Tauscher’s name has been tossed around, although he’s been out of football for more than a year.
The other news from McCarthy’s press conference Monday is that Chad Clifton will begin individual drills on Wednesday of this week. That obviously doesn’t mean he’ll be ready for Sunday, but it is promising sign for his postseason playing prospects.â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”
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