Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga will not return to the field in 2017. He was lost for the year in the Monday Night Football loss to the Detroit Lions.
“Packers RT Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL, source said,” reported NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
“The Packers feared the worst,” added Ian Rapoport. “And this is it. Bulaga is done for the season.”
Bulaga was a first-round pick back in 2010 and a mainstay on the line. He did tear his left ACL in 2013 and missed the year. It’s the right ACL this time around, and he’s out again.
This just adds to the disastrous season for the Packers, who entered the year with potential Super Bowl aspirations. They already lost superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone, and now they lose one of the men entrusted with helping protect backup Brent Hundley.
“Yeah, it’s unfortunate,” left tackle David Bakhtiari said, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “No one plans for injuries. Feel terrible for what happened.”
“They seem very concerned about it,” added coach Mike McCarthy.
Even in the loss, McCarthy seemed rather optimistic about his young quarterback.
“Brett Hundley played better tonight, and I have great faith in Brett Hundley,” he said. “Brett Hundley’s not our issue. I believe in Brett, and that’s not just the press conference statement. He’s got what it takes. He has it in his body, has it in his mind, and he definitely has the heart. So I believe in him.”
He may be right that Hundley isn’t the issue directly, but it’s clear that injuries absolutely are an issue. The Packers’ depth will be tested with both Rodgers and Bulaga out.
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