Packers' Bulaga to miss season; QB Young signs

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  1. short faced bear

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    5:08 p.m. CDT, August 5, 2013

    Suddenly there is a lot of controversy surrounding the Green Bay Packers.

    After a low-key first week of training camp and an annual scrimmage Saturday night before a record turnout of 63,047 at Lambeau Field, coach Mike McCarthy gave the team Sunday off.

    The peace ended Sunday night when it was learned offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is out for the season, based on a diagnosis of the team's medical staff.

    However, Bulaga is reported to be seeking a second opinion from well-known Florida surgeon James Andrews, according to Chicago-based HubArkush.com.

    Meanwhile, there were reports that the Packers are actively seeking a replacement for Bulaga, who had been moved from right to left tackle this year to better protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked 55 times last season and postseason, a league high.

    Against that background, the Packers called off a scheduled Monday afternoon practice that was supposed to be open to the media. But it was later reported that the Packers signed free-agent quarterback Vince Young.

    Young, 30, a former first-round draft pick and a two-time Pro Bowl participant, last played in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was cut by the Buffalo Bills in training camp last August.

    By cancelling practice, McCarthy also avoided meeting with the media Monday, so questions about Bulaga's situation and the team's plans for Young were not answered.

    Speculation is emerging rookie David Bakhtiari will be featured in a starting role, either at the critical spot vacated by Bulaga's setback or at right tackle. Marshall Newhouse, who opened camp as the No. 1 right tackle after being bounced in the offseason shuffle from the starting job at left tackle, would presumably line up opposite of where the coaches decide to stick Bakhtiari.

    Newhouse and Bakhtiari, a fourth-round draft pick out of Colorado, split the first-string reps in a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive led by Rodgers in the first-team segment of the scrimmage.

    It would be asking a lot of an NFL neophyte to be the back-side protector for the sport's highest-paid player. Yet, the robust and athletic Bakhtiari has flashed enough early in camp to give general manager Ted Thompson and McCarthy reason to believe he might be the best man for the job after Bulaga.

    Offensive line coach James Campen late last week spoke highly of the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Bakhtiari's development since the team's spring workouts. Bakhtiari, a starter at left tackle his final two years of college ball, has been getting a lot of work at both tackle spots and was clearly on the heels of Newhouse for the top role at right tackle, where second-year player Don Barclay also has been in the mix.

    “He's a very good athlete, number one,” Campen said of Bakhtiari. “He's very smart, doesn't have mental errors, hasn't had one all camp… (And) he's a tough kid, too. He's a physical kid that's young -- he (was) only a junior coming out (of college) like Bryan was - and he has a big upside. How far he's going to go with it, that's up to him.”

    McCarthy kept Rodgers and a number of other vital offensive players out of harm's way in the scrimmage by playing them only the one series, which ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to tight end D.J. Williams on third-and-goal.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-packers-bulaga-20130805,0,2567510.story
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    A big loss sure. Some how though the Packers, unlike the Bears, will find someone and some way to still make things work.
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