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GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - The injury hits just keep on coming for the Green Bay Packers.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of training camp after undergoing a procedure on one of his knees. He joins a laundry list of Packers on the sideline, including left tackle Bryan Bulaga, who is expected to miss the season - despite his hope to the contrary - with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees.
Yet coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t in woe-is-me mode Tuesday.
“These type of injuries, they’re part of the game. The game of football, especially pro football, stops for nobody,” McCarthy said. “You keep playing and if you ever stop and blink, you’re two steps behind your opponent.”
“He doesn’t even look like he’s injured,” McCarthy said.
“Then (he) goes back to the huddle and plays great the rest of the night, which is the reason I still have hope,” Thompson said.
So does Bulaga, who has reportedly sought a second opinion from renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in hopes of somehow playing through the injury.
Rookie fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari worked at Bulaga’s left tackle spot in practice Tuesday and would start there in Friday night’s preseason opener against Arizona.
Asked if he really thinks Bulaga could play through a torn ACL, McCarthy replied in part, “Everybody’s talking through, as we always do, what’s in the best interest of the player. Bryan fully understands what it would take for him to play this year. He’s looking at all his options.”
Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton, who played next to Bulaga on the right side from 2010 through 2012 before the team switched up their offensive line and moved both men to the left side this offseason, said he thinks it would be a mistake for Bulaga to try to play with the injury.
“If he does try to go? I would think he’s stupid,” Sitton said. “He’s got a career to worry about. It’s not just about this year when you have something like that, so it would be dumb.”
Having suffered a hip injury on Nov. 4 that ended his third NFL season, Bulaga had been ultra-committed during the offseason as he shifted from right tackle to left tackle.
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