The Packers haven’t even played a preseason game yet, but they’ve already suffered a major loss. Tackle Bryan Bulaga, who was being counted on to protect All Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side, is expected to miss the entire season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Bulaga suffered the injury during Sunday’s scrimmage, which featured live tackling. It’s unknown exactly when Bulaga suffered the injury, because he managed to finish the scrimmage.
Per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers’ medical staff has determined that Bulaga suffered an ACL tear and would miss the season based on that diagnosis. However, Bulaga is seeking a second opinion with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
The Packers will elevated rookie David Bakhtiari into the lineup, although it’s uncertain whether he’ll play left tackle or right tackle. The Packers switch Bulaga from right tackle to left tackle during the off-season as a way to better protect Rodgers, who was sacked 51 times last year, the most of any NFL quarterback. Marshall Newhouse, last year’s left tackle, was moved to the right side in the off-season.