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.
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
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
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