Bryan Bulaga might wind up on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL.
Bulaga, however, isn’t ready to concede.
Nor are the Packers.
“I just had an opportunity to visit with Bryan, get an update on his injury situation,” coach Mike McCarthy said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’re still waiting on a medical opinion that hasn’t come in yet. Bryan is still hopeful to potentially give it a go. We clearly understand all the options with the initial medical opinion. So nothing’s been finalized. If you had a chance to see Bryan, and maybe you will so in the locker room, he doesn’t even look like he’s injured. It was one of those plays that you really don't understand and didn’t look like a very significant injury but we’re still working we’re the process, and no decision on Bryan has been made.”
Give Bulaga credit for having guts for even considering the notion. He also wanted to give it a go following last year's hip injury. If he were to seek guidance from his teammates, however, he might change his tune.
"If he does try to go? I would think he's stupid," guard Josh Sitton said. "He's got a career to worry about. It's not just about this year when you have something like that, so it would be dumb."
"He came out kind of kicking his leg a little bit, then goes back to the huddle and plays great the rest of the night, which is the reason I still have hope," Thompson said.
Bulaga, who missed the final nine games of last season with an injured hip, was moved from right tackle to left tackle during the offseason to upgraded a trouble spot on the offensive line, in general, and improve the unit, as a whole.
“I feel terrible what happened to Bryan and no one knows how hard he’s prepared coming off of last year’s injury,” McCarthy said. “He worked out exclusively here in the offseason throughout the summer. So, to see him pour that much into it and able to see (the results), you feel bad for the person.”
Fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari lined up at left tackle with the starting offense and had a strong day. McCarthy lauded Bakhtiari not just for his talent but his intelligence; he’s made one mental error through all of camp, McCarthy said.
Nothing, however, is finalized. McCarthy said he’s going with the rookie over Marshall Newhouse because he knows what Newhouse can do at that spot after making 26 regular-season starts there over the past two seasons. Newhouse took most of the No. 1 reps at right tackle, but Don Barclay got plenty of action there, as well.
In other injury news, Jordy Nelson had a “procedure” done on his knee on Monday and will miss the rest of training camp. The hope is Nelson will be back for Week 1 at San Francisco. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the surgery was done to cure a nerve issue that has troubled him since his days at Kansas State and flared up last week.
"Fortunately with Jordy, his particular thing that we had go and fix is something that we have some experience with with some other guys here," Thompson said. "So, we think we can predict about the way it’ll go, but you never know."
New injuries: WR Randall Cobb (bicep), RB Alex Green (knee), LT Bryan Bulaga (knee), DE Datone Jones (illness).
Old injuries: WR Sederrik Cunningham (disclocated wrist; injured reserve), WR Kevin Dorsey (hamstring), WR Charles Johnson (knee), RB DuJuan Harris (knee), S Sean Richardson (neck), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), CB Tramon Williams (knee), OL J.C. Tretter (broken ankle), OT Derek Sherrod (leg), TE Andrew Quarless (quad), TE Ryan Taylor (knee), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), DE Mike Neal (abdominal), DE Jerel Worthy (ACL).
Returning from injuries: S David Fulton (foot), LB Dezman Moses (toe), LB Jamari Lattimore (illness).
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