Bulaga tore his ACL in Week 9's loss to the Lions and now his season officially comes to an end with his placement on IR. Look for Justin McCray and recently activated Jason Spriggs to compete for the starting right tackle position for the remainder of the season.
Green Bay would be left with $3.2 million in dead money if they were to part ways with Bulaga, but ACL injuries to both knees put a major question mark on his future. The veteran right tackle has been in the league for eight seasons despite but is only 28 years old, and he still has two years and $13.5 million remaining on his contract. Bulaga has yet to even officially be placed on injured reserve, and his recovery process is expected to play a pivotal role in the team's final decision on his future.
Bulaga tore the ACL in his right knee in Monday's loss to the Lions, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Head coach Mike McCarthy indicated after Monday's game that the knee injury that knocked Bulaga out of the contest could be significant, and it turns out it is indeed just that. The Packers were playing with their five top linemen Monday for just the second time all season, but they will now be forced to play the rest of the way without their starting right tackle. Justin McCray (ankle) is next in line at Bulaga's spot, though McCray's injury leaves Bulaga's fill-in uncertain for the time being.
The Packers fear that the right knee injury Bulaga suffered in Monday's 30-17 loss to the Lions could be significant, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "[The team doctors] seem very concerned about [Bulaga's knee]," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game.
Green Bay has been ravaged by injuries along its offensive line all season, with Monday's game marking just the second time that all five of the team's top starters had played together. Bulaga has been one of the most banged up of the lot, having dealt with an ankle injury and concussion before hurting his knee and requiring assistance to the locker room. If Bulaga is forced to miss time, Justin McCray, who sustained an ankle injury of his own late Monday, would likely step in as the replacement at right tackle.
Bulaga sustained a knee injury and will not return to Monday night's game against the Lions.
Bulaga exited the game in the fourth quarter and was carted to the locker room from the sideline shortly thereafter. The 29-year-old dealt with an ankle injury throughout the first half of the season and had finally looked to be fully healthy before exiting Sunday's game. Justin McCray has stepped in at right tackle in his absence.
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