Outcome aside, the two biggest concerns the Green Bay Packers face following their 36-16 demolishing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks was the health of injured starters Bryan Bulaga and Eddie Lacy. While Lacy's status is still unknown at this time, a report has surfaced suggesting that Bulaga's injury will keep him out for multiple weeks.
Packers OT Bryan Bulaga tore his MCL in the Thursday night opener, per source. Undetermined how much time he might miss.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2014
While ligament tears are never good, an MCL tear is considerably less severe than the dreaded torn ACL. The biggest difference is in most cases, the ligament can heal on its own without surgery. Unfortunately, the injury is still likely to keep Bulaga out for at least the next few weeks and perhaps longer. Until he returns, Derek Sherrod will start at right tackle.
As for a possible timeline, ESPN's Rob Demovsky speculates that this injury could keep Bulaga out for up to a month:
MCL tears, which is what Bryan Bulaga has per @AdamSchefter, typically take 2-4 weeks to heal. Usually non-surgical.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 5, 2014
Bulaga hurt his knee when teammate Richard Rodgers collided with him during a play in Thursday night's game. Bulaga was down on the turf for some time, but walked off under his own power. Later he was seen walking around the locker room without crutches.
UPDATE: There is actually some good news - Bulaga's MCL is only sprained (another word for "partially torn"), as Adam Schefter reports:
Packers OT Bryan Bulaga's sprained MCL - (version of tear) - is not considered serious and he "should not miss much time," per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2014
This is promising, though the Packers may still be relying on Derek Sherrod for a few weeks while Bulaga recovers. Still, Packers fans should breathe a slight sigh of relief knowing that Bulaga should be back soon.