Thompson clings to hope as Bulaga awaits word

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 6, 2013 – 1:26 pm

GREEN BAY–Ted Thompson didn’t think anything of Bryan Bulaga’s injury when it happened.

“He came up kicking his leg a little bit and plays great the rest of the night, which is why I still have hope,” the Packers general manager told reporters on Tuesday.

Bulaga and the Packers are awaiting a medical opinion on the knee injury Bulaga sustained in Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage. That medical opinion will likely determine whether or not Bulaga can return to action this season.

“We’ll let the medical people do their thing. I have hope. I’ll just say there’s nothing wrong with hoping for a miracle. Hope is a good thing,” Thompson added.

With Bulaga out of action, rookie David Bakhtiari has stepped in in at left tackle. Marshall Newhouse had been the Packers’ left tackle the previous two seasons, until being moved to right tackle this year. Don Barclay, who replaced Bulaga at right tackle in the second half of last season when Bulaga’s year was ended due to a hip injury, provides depth on the right side. One other player could become important in the Packers’ depth at tackle: 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod, who has been out of action since sustaining a severe leg fracture late in his rookie season.

“He is continuing to get better,” Thompson said of Sherrod.


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