The Green Bay Packers are no strangers to the injury bug during this year’s training camp, and Wednesday’s practice saw it strike another big-name player. The victim was right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who reportedly went to the ground during a running game drill and was helped to the locker room.
Probably more significant than the injury itself is the description of Bulaga’s reaction by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Michael Cohen, who used the phrase “grimacing badly” to describe Bulaga’s face as he limped off the field.
Second-year tackle Kyle Murphy stepped in for Bulaga for the first snaps with the starting line. Murphy was a seventh-round draft pick in 2016, but he got the snaps ahead of 2016 second-round pick Jason Spriggs, who has played primarily left tackle in camp. However, Spriggs jumped in on the right side shortly thereafter to get some snaps of his own. The two alternated after that.
Bulaga played all 16 games last season, just the second time he has done so in his NFL career. The first was in his rookie season of 2010, when he started 12 of those games plus four postseason contests.
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
UPDATE: Reports indicate that Bulaga’s injury is to one of his ankles. While not a good sign, it at least is not an injury to a knee, as he tore an ACL on Family Night in 2013.