GREEN BAY, Wis. It's never good news for an NFL player when he suffers a season-ending injury. But in the case of Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, the silver lining is that it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.
Bulaga injured his hip in Week 9 and was placed on injured reserve soon after. There was some question, though, over the type of hip injury Bulaga sustained. A dislocated hip has proven to be a career-ender, most notably in the case of Bo Jackson. That was even what Bulaga's mother feared had happened to her son.
"I think whenever you hear the hip injury, everybody just points to the Bo Jackson injury, which I heard multiple times, even from people back home," Bulaga said while cleaning out his locker at season's end. "I think my mom asked me three or four times, 'Did you dislocate your hip?' because that's what the media was projecting that I did.
"I was a little bit worried before I actually got the results ...