How Packers survive sans Bulaga

Pressure gave Green Bay fits in 2012, but Rodgers & Co. can overcome loss

Updated: August 6, 2013, 11:16 AM ET
By Steve Palazzolo | Pro Football Focus

Bryan BulagaJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesBryan Bulaga is out for the season. Can the Packers offensive line survive?

Football is back, and as much as we love that the pads are back on with training camp well underway, any true football fan cringes at the influx of reported injuries, no matter which team they call their own.

The Green Bay Packers are the latest team to lose a key player for the season, as starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga's ACL injury will keep him off the field until 2014. The original plan to flip Bulaga -- last season's right tackle -- with left tackle Marshall Newhouse has been foiled, and Newhouse may be headed back to the left side for the season.

It's a tough blow for the Packers, who struggled to replace Bulaga when he went down in Week 9 last year and the right tackle spot became a position of weakness down the stretch. Left guard T.J. Lang was a failed two-week experiment before undrafted rookie Don Barclay was asked to man the position for the remainder of the season, though his minus-7.5 overall grade has him pegged for a backup role headed into 2013.

It looks as if the Packers may be headed for another season of uneven tackle play. But will it cripple their status as a top Super Bowl contender?

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