Packers’ Bulaga to have ACL surgery

By Scott Ryan on 8/08/2013 08:57:00 AM

Channeling the will and strength of Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins, Packers left tackle, Bryan Bulaga, intended to play the 2013 season on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.  Bulaga suffered the torn ACL early in Saturday night’s intra-squad scrimmage.  Playing on a torn ACL in the NFL is rare, especially for an offensive lineman, but it has happened before.  Hardcore football fanatics will recall that incredibly, Mankins played the entire 2011 season on a torn ACL.  Sadly, for Packers fans, this will not be the case.

Mike Florio of NBCSports reports that after consulting with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the Packers and Bulaga have opted for surgery to repair his damaged ACL.  This will more than likely end the season of the man put in charge of protecting Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side.

The Packers moved rookie offensive lineman, David Bakhtiari, to the left tackle spot.  As Bulaga’s replacement, Bakhtiari has his work cut out for him.  Bulaga has been a strong, solid player for the Packers since coming into the league in 2010.  

Bakhtiari, the 6’4 300-pound fourth-round pick out of Colorado has been receiving high praise from coaches and teammates so far.  Bakhtiari is strong with long arms with an uncanny knack for finding the correct angle of approach when engaging with a defender.  However, he is an inexperienced rookie thrust into one of the more difficult positions to play in the NFL, especially when protecting the blind side of a right-handed pocket passer like Rodgers.

If the Pack desire to be back in the playoffs and the devoted cheese head wearing fans of Lambeau yearn for an offense they can be proud of, Bakhtiari will have to do his best «discount double check» of his young NFL career.

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