While the Green Bay Packers cannot afford any more injuries after losing two starters to injuries already, there are areas of the team that have enough depth so that they might be able to still function commendably.
We believe that the offensive line is not one of those units.
Unfortunately, the Packers got some bad luck in Thursday's practice, as starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga had to pull out of practice midway through. Here's the report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein:
Everyone present at #Packers practice, but RT Bryan Bulaga dropped out. Trainers llooking at his left knee. Injury report will come later.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) September 17, 2015
If this is serious at all, it's bad news .Bulaga's left knee is the same one in which he tore his ACL in 2013, which forced him to miss that entire season. Remember that that year, he was slated to move over to left tackle, and the injury forced then-rookie David Bakhtiari into the starting lineup.
According to Silverstein's report, Bulaga was talking to trainers and took off his knee brace. He also notes that the media did not have an opportunity to find out if Bulaga was able to return to practice later on in the day.
Certainly, if Bulaga is unable to play on Sunday against the Seahawks, that would be a major blow to the line, with Seattle's excellent pass-rushers coming to town. Defensive end Cliff Avril typically lines up opposite the right tackle, and he would be a major handful for Bulaga's replacement, whether that would be Don Barclay or Josh Walker.
Then again, it's also possible that Bulaga just had a little soreness and will be able to resume practicing this week. The Packers are unlikely to announce anything about Bulaga's status until Friday morning during Mike McCarthy's press conference. Stay tuned for more on this injury as we learn of it.