Green Bay Packers News: Bryan Bulaga Tears ACL, Vince Young Coming for Workout

Courtesy of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Courtesy of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Green Bay Packers’ plan to completely revamp the left side of their offensive line took a devastating hit on Sunday night when reports broke that former first-round pick Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL and will be out for the entire season.

Marshall Newhouse, who played left tackle last season was slated to start along the right side of the line this upcoming season. Common sense seems to indicate that he’ll move back to Aaron Rodgers‘ blindside with Bulaga out.

This isn’t necessary the best news in the world for Green Bay’s All-Pro quarterback. After all, Rodgers was sacked 51 times last season.

In terms of the short term, this is really going to hurt the Packers’ ability to actually keep Rodgers upfront early in the season. They face tough defensive fronts in the form of San Francisco, Cincinnati, Detroit, Baltimore and Cleveland in five of their first six games.

General manager Ted Thompson addressed the offensive line twice in April’s draft. He picked up both David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter in the fourth round. Tretter is currently on the PUP list after breaking his ankle in team drills back in May. He’s definitely still a question mark. Bakhtiari, on the other hand, has been impressive in his reps at right tackle during training camp.

That being said, the odds-on favorite at this point would be former West Virginia offensive lineman Don Barclay, who started four games in 2012.

In really interesting news, Green Bay also plans to work out former Top-10 pick Vince Young, who last played a snap in a regular season NFL game back in 2011. Young was with the Buffalo Bills in training camp last season, but didn’t make the final 53-man roster.

Graham Harrell is currently Rodgers’ primary backup with second-year player B.J. Coleman taking third-team reps. There has been talk about the Packers quest for a veteran quarterback behind Rodgers, so this seems to make some sense.  By giving the enigmatic Young a workout, Green Bay is indicating that its not happy with the backup quarterback situation.

Pure conjecture, but the Packers seem like a great fit for Young. He can work behind a professional in Rodgers and mature as a quarterback. Considering that Rodgers has missed only one game due to injury as a starter in Green Bay, we wouldn’t expect Young to see a lot of reps if he were actually signed. Though, that might be a more likely scenario with the news that Bulaga will miss the season.


Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle8:00-9:30 every Wednesday.