The Green Bay Packers may have already suffered their first major injury of 2013 and they have yet to play a preseason game.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting via Twitter that left tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage and that the injury could be severe. According to McGinn, the team is “hoping for the best but fearing the worst.” If the worst case scenario comes to fruition, Bulaga will be on injured reserve for a second straight season.
It’s unclear which knee Bulaga injured, but if it’s the same leg as his hip injury from last season then there could be some long-term repercussions for Bulaga. As the Packers’ best offensive lineman on a newly revamped line, this injury could prove devastating for Green Bay.
As for what the Packers will do in Bulaga’s absence, there are some options but none of them are really good scenarios. Marshall Newhouse could move to the left tackle position he held last year and let David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay battle it out for the right tackle job. They could also try Bakhtiari at left tackle and keep Barclay on the right. With Barclay entering his second year and Bakhtiari a rookie, neither of these situations are ideal.