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Bryan Bulaga sprains MCL, avoids serious knee injury, per report

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The Packers starting right tackle has reportedly avoided a serious injury.

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The Green Bay Packers appear to have dodged another injury bullet. According to ESPN Nation's Rob Demovsky, starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga did not tear an ACL during practice Thursday, instead suffering a less serious MCL sprain.

Many feared the worst when Bulaga left practice after tweaking his left knee, the same knee he had surgically repaired after tearing his ACL in 2013. Some reports indicated that the offensive lineman could not put much weight on the knee following the injury. However, it appears that Bulaga avoided a serious injury and may return in the near future.

That doesn't mean Green Bay can bank on Bulaga's services for this weekend's tilt against the Seattle Seahawks, however. Sprained MCLs can sometimes require multiple weeks to heal, and the Packers medical staff takes a conservative approach to player health. If Bulaga cannot suit up, look for Don Barclay to fill in at right tackle.

Bulaga missed just one game in 2014, coincidentally the Packers' Week 2 matchup with the New York Jets. He signed a five-year, $33.75 million contract with the team back in March.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.