WR Jordy Nelson joins ranks of Packers injured

The injury hits just keep on coming for the Green Bay


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.”

McCarthy said Bulaga, who played roughly 30 plays in Saturday

night’s scrimmage, was injured on the seventh play, but no one

seemed certain of just how he hurt himself.

”He doesn’t even look like he’s injured,” McCarthy said.

General manager Ted Thompson said he saw Bulaga come out of the

pile after a play ”kicking his leg” as if it was bothering


”Then (he) goes back to the huddle and plays great the rest of

the night, which is the reason I still have hope,” Thompson


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.

”We’re still waiting on a medical opinion that hasn’t come in

yet. Bryan is still hopeful to potentially give it a go,” McCarthy

said. ”Nothing’s been finalized.”

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.

”I feel terrible what happened to Bryan and no one knows how

hard he’s prepared coming off of last year’s injury,” McCarthy

said. ”I can (count) on maybe one hand how many days he has left

Lambeau Field. He worked out exclusively here in the offseason

throughout the summer. So, to see him pour that much into it and

able to see it, you feel bad for the person.”

As for Nelson, doctors expect the receiver to be ready in 4-6

weeks. The Packers open the season Sept. 8 at San Francisco.

”Fortunately with Jordy, his particular thing that we had (to)

fix is something that we have some experience with with some other

guys here,” Thompson said. ”So, we think we can predict about the

way it’ll go. But you never know.”

In addition to Nelson and Bulaga, wide receiver/returner Randall

Cobb, the team’s leading receiver last year, dropped out of

practice Tuesday with a biceps injury. No. 1 cornerback Tramon

Williams has been sidelined for more than a week with a bone bruise

in his knee, and cornerback Casey Hayward has yet to practice

because of a hamstring injury. DuJuan Harris, the team’s starting

running back at the end of last season, has yet to practice because

of a knee injury.

In all, 16 players missed practice Tuesday, including wide

receiver Sederrick Cunningham, who was placed on injured reserve to

make room on the roster for quarterback Vince Young.

”Injuries are not explainable,” Thompson said. ”They just