The Green Bay Packers received more bad news following Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions. Starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga has a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. That injury will sideline Bulaga for the rest of the season.
Bulaga suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday's game. Bulaga needed assistance getting off the field and took a medical cart to the locker room. The team almost immediately ruled out a return, signaling that the offensive tackle's injury appeared significant. Justin McCray replaced Bulaga for the remainder of the night.
Bulaga has dealt with a torn ACL before. In 2013, he suffered the injury during the Packers' Family Night scrimmage without realizing it. The team diagnosed the ruptured ligament the next day, and he landed on injured reserve.
With Bulaga all but officially out the picture, the Packers will have started their five preferred offensive linemen only twice in 2017. Bulaga lost several games earlier in the year with an ankle sprain while David Bakhtiari and Lane Taylor also missed time with hamstring and ankle/knee issues respectively.
Second-year offensive tackle Jason Spriggs expects to take over for Bulaga once the Packers officially activate him off injured reserve. The team designated Spriggs as one of its two IR-return players last week.