PackersNews.com reported last week that there was a possibility tackle Bryan Bulaga's hip injury could be serious.
On Monday the Packers confirmed that it was indeed very serious. Bulaga was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated hip.
That leaves the Packers very thin at the tackle position, and Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky assesses some of the options the Packers have if they suffer another injury along the offensive line. (http://tinyurl.com/bevssp4).
One option would be to play undrafted rookie Don Barclay at tackle, if necessary. For now, T.J. Lang has shifted to right tackle to replace Bulaga, and Evan Dietrich-Smith has come off the bench to fill Lang's spot at left guard.
Bulaga didn't sound thrilled with his season-ending prognosis, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
“If you ask Bryan - you walk in there Monday morning, he’s out there working out, no crutches, not saying nice things about the doctors, which is nice to hear," said McCarthy. "(He's saying) he wants to play and he’s going to be fine. ... but you can’t deny what’s on the scan. This is in his best interest to go this path. We feel confident about his future.”
*In our Packers notebook, Wes Hodkiewicz wrote about Vic So'oto, who was released by the Packers in September but has returned to add depth to the outside linebacker position (http://tinyurl.com/ckpvd35).
*Press-Gazette correspondent Cliff Christl wrote a compelling column about how Vince Lombardi helped black players cope with living in Green Bay in the 1960s. (http://tinyurl.com/ba5uucb).
*In case you missed it over the weekend, here is my list of Packers midseason awards (http://tinyurl.com/a5d4hcg).
*Step back in time 25 years to get a taste of what life was like for the Packers' strike replacement team. (http://tinyurl.com/brekap2). Included is a photo scrapbook that includes Jim Bob Morris, Alan Risher and other players that got a chance to show their skills in the NFL for three games.