GREEN BAY – The left knee injury that Green Bay Packers second-year tackle Jason Spriggs suffered won’t require surgery, but he still has a long recovery ahead of him after dislocating his kneecap against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.
Spriggs, according to a source, got caught in an awkward position with all his weight on his left leg, causing his knee to collapse.
The medical staff rushed out onto the field after it was obvious Spriggs was in a lot of pain. The source said his kneecap had slid to the side of his knee and needed to be moved back into place before he could be carted off the field.
Spriggs was wearing a large ankle to hip brace to keep the kneecap in place and walking with the aid of crutches Wednesday. Because he didn’t tear the patellar tendon, doctors won’t have to go in and repair any damage.
There’s a good chance Spriggs will be ready for the start of training camp. That's good news for the Packers, who have put two of their three top tackles on injured reserve this year with knee injuries.
Starter Bryan Bulaga tore his right ACL Nov. 6 against Detroit and may need 8 to 10 months to recover. Spriggs, who was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury on Sept. 21, was designated for return on Nov. 18 and took over the starting right tackle job at Pittsburgh on Nov. 26.
He played considerably better than he had in training camp and the early part of the season, but still allowed three sacks and too many pressures. Provided he is healthy come July, he should be in line to be the starting right tackle, although he’ll have competition from Kyle Murphy and Justin McCray.
Bulaga has been a quick healer and could conceivably be ready to start practicing sometime during training camp. However, the long end of the recovery period puts his return sometime after the start of the regular season.