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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
BBAO: Sprain for Bryan Bulaga

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Green Bay Packers appear to have avoided the worst-case scenario with right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Although his initial reaction suggested the knee injury was significant, Bulaga has been diagnosed with a sprain and a bruise but does not appear to have any fully torn ligaments, notes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Unless that diagnosis changes in the coming days, Bulaga won't miss the season but might not be ready to return for a few weeks. Marshall Newhouse will continue to take Bulaga's spot until that time, coach Mike McCarthy said. Rookie first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod, who spent much of training camp working at left guard, is behind Newhouse on the depth chart. Newhouse was a fifth-round draft choice in 2010.

Said McCarthy: "Marshall's a little bit ahead of Derek in the experience category, and that's why Marshall has this opportunity."

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