Source: Bulaga will have surgery to repair ACL

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Packers guard Josh Sitton thinks left tackle Bryan Bulaga would be stupid to play on a torn ACL.  Dr. James Andrews agrees, with presumably more tactful verbiage.

Per a league source, Dr. Andrews has recommended surgery to repair the ACL tear suffered early in Saturday night’s intra-squad scrimmage.  The surgery will happen when the swelling subsides, with a tentative target of next week.

Bulaga, to his credit, was hoping to find a way to play.  He continued to play (practice) on Saturday after suffering the injury, and the guy is wired to find a way to suit up and earn his money.

While ACL surgery typically knocks a guy out for the year, it’s too early to assume Bulaga won’t be back in 2013 (or early 2014).  The Packers could carry him on the roster like the Steelers did with cornerback Rod Woodson, who tore an ACL in Week One of the 1995 season and returned to play in the Super Bowl.  Also, the Packers could use their one short-term IR designation on Bulaga, allowing him to return at any point after Week Eight.

Regardless, Bulaga won’t be playing with an ACL tear.  He’s having surgery, and he’ll miss most if not all of the 2013 season.

24 responses to “Source: Bulaga will have surgery to repair ACL

  1. Cue the Packers fans with their “next man up” comment.

    Problem is, this overrated team doesn’t have many more men to step up.

    Year in, year out,this team is hammered with injuries. I think it’s safe to rule out coincidence, and finally admit that this team has the most pansies of all other teams combined.

    “next man up”, my ass. More like NEXT VAGINA Up.

  2. Good decision on his part and kudos to him for doing all he could to play. I feel bad for him because he gets hurt in a scrimmage in a season very important for him. I’d just stick him on IR and have him ready to move back to the spot he’s best suited RT next year, a contract year. The Packers will miss his run blocking (which they sorely need) more than his pass protection.

  3. too bad. he really wanted to play because he sees what everyone else does…he cannot stay healthy and there is a 21 year old kid that slid into his spot and if he plays well Bulaga’s time at the money LT position has gone bye-bye.

  4. Next man up! year after year the Pack gets hammered with injuries and year after year wins the NFC north and contends for a super bowl!!

  5. Reply to Iknoweverything:
    Since your such a ballsy guy, please com out and identify your team, and what their record has been for the last 15 years.

  6. Iknoweverything is a Seahawks fan people. I am a Vikings fan and am not so foolish to write GB off so easily. That said, get well Bulaga whale, Allen needs to feast.

  7. I love how the Packer fans downplay this injury, and the team itself is so desperate they were trying to see if he could play with a torn ACL because Bulaga with a torn ACL is still better than anything they have to plug in there. Just shows how desperate they are.

  8. As a packers fan, next man up is used because generally you can find atleast serviceable players. Nothing you can trust, but it works for the time being. Clearly it has worked, 8 playoff appearances in the past ten years. This injury does absolutely suck though. Rodgers was knocked around enough as it is last season, so lets hope his replacement is a bit more than serviceable.

  9. Smart move — don’t need another RGIII delayed injury/surgery type of deal. And to the cute little commentator that says the Pack will run the Vikes out of the humptydome, they’d best do their running-out better than they did in the dome last year.

  10. At some point, the Packers offensive line is going to catch up with Aaron Rodgers.

    He led the league in sacks taken last year but managed to stay pretty healthy.

    Between the offseason musical chairs with the O-Line and now Bulaga down for the count, it’s a pretty good bet that this will be the year that Rodgers spends some time in the hospital.

  11. With his size and weight being carried on those knee’s he would be lucky to be back by this time next year.

    I like the guy a lot and wish him the best, he is a good kid.

  12. With the size of these nfl players your going to see these knee injuries continue to rise every year.and with no off season players really never rest their bodies,it takes a toll on the body.

  13. Magician is an authority on judging talent since he’s had an up-close look at so many World Champion rosters over the years.

  14. Next man oops.. LT’s dont grow on trees in the NFL. not even for the cheese team. if a good left tackle even get close to the free agent market HE’s GONE! but at this time of the season it aint a coach alive that will let a good LT go. Rodgers is done

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