Packers' Bryan Bulaga sprained MCL in loss


Bryan Bulaga dodged a bullet in Thursday night's 36-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Green Bay Packers' right tackle sprained his MCL, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the injury. The starter is not expected to be out long, however. Coach Mike McCarthy said "it's not a major injury" and believes he could practice Wednesday.

While Bulaga missing any games is an issue for Aaron Rodgers' protection, at least it wasn't another torn ACL -- the injury that cost Bulaga his entire 2013 season.

Bulaga left Thursday's game in the second quarter after colliding with tight end Richard Rodgers. It was all downhill from there for the Packers' offensive line.

Bulaga's replacement, Derek Sherrod, was beaten badly for two sacks. One ended a drive on fourth down and the other resulted in a safety. The former first-round pick did not look like an NFL-caliber tackle against the Seahawks.

Running back Eddie Lacy can't be pleased with the change, either, but Lacy has an injury of his own to deal with. Lacy suffered a concussion during the loss. But he might beat Bulaga back to the field. McCarthy said Friday that Lacy has cleared the first stage of the league's concussion protocol and is feeling "very good."

In our season preview, we singled out the lack of offensive line depth as the potential Achilles' heel of the Packers' potent offense. Green Bay was already missing top swing tackle Don Barclay (ACL), who is out for the season. Center JC Tretter (knee) is also out indefinitely.

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