Though Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy would not disclose the extent of the injury to right tackle Bryan Bulaga, there was some cause for optimism when it was learned that his injury involved a sprained MCL rather than any ACL issues.
However, reports are trickling out on Saturday that suggest that Bulaga's injury involves more than just the MCL, and that he will be out through the Packers' week seven bye:
From @RapSheet and I -- In addition his sprained MCL, Packers OT Bryan Bulaga also needs meniscus repair. Could be out a while.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 19, 2015
Just to add here, Bulaga actually already had the surgery to repair his torn meniscus. Likely out six weeks.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 19, 2015
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in the knee, and if Bulaga has indeed had this repaired, the timeline Breer reported makes sense.
Packers fans should get ready to see a heavy dose of Don Barclay at right tackle over the next several weeks as Bulaga will recover. The Packers' next several opponents feature some impressive pass-rushers which will challenge Bulaga's replacement(s); Kansas City's Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, San Francisco's Ahmad Brooks and Aaron Lynch, and St. Louis' murderer's row of Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Aaron Donald are the next three groups that the Packers will face after Sunday's game against Seattle.