Packers hoping Bulaga bounces back quickly

The Green Bay Packers have apparently avoided a serious issue as Bryan Bulaga, the talented second-year right tackle, has a knee sprain and maybe a bruise but there isn’t a serious long-term injury in play.

Bulaga was injured in the first half of the team’s win Sunday over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Originally, it was thought he only had a bruise. But coach Mike McCarthy announced Bulaga has a knee sprain and the team hopes to have more information later in the week, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marshall Newhouse replaced Bulaga and performed well. The guy who has been standing by idly is Derek Sherrod, the first-round draft pick from Mississippi State. There have been rumblings that the team isn’t pleased with him, and he was inactive on Sunday.

I think it's convenient criticism, questioning when you go after your first-round pick," McCarthy said. "I'm very pleased with Derek, where he is in his progress. Derek and Marshall are both young talented players that need to play. Marshall's a little bit ahead of Derek in the experience category, and that's why Marshall has this opportunity."

The Packers have to determine what they want to do with Sherrod. Chad Clifton isn’t going to play left tackle forever and eventually some expect Bulaga to move there. Sherrod played left guard early in training camp. Maybe Green Bay will leave him at tackle and see how he develops.

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