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Bulaga has 'small fracture' in hip, expects to be ready in 2013

Dec 05, 2012 -- 3:17pm
 
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Bryan Bulaga said Wednesday his hip injury was not a dislocation.

GREEN BAY – Bryan Bulaga’s career is not in jeopardy, he’s fully expecting to be ready for 2013 opening day – although maybe not the start of offseason workouts – and he acknowledges that being placed on season-ending injured reserve was the right move, even though he wasn’t on board initially.

Speaking for the first time since suffering a hip injury on Nov. 4 against Arizona, the Green Bay Packers starting right tackle said Wednesday that the injury is not in fact a dislocation.

He also said that comparisons to the hip injuries of former two-sport star Bo Jackson and former Packers left tackle Chad Clifton weren’t accurate.

“It feels a lot better, that’s for sure. From when it initially happened until now it feels a lot better,” Bulaga said as he played backgammon with fellow lineman T.J. Lang. “It’s an unusual injury, but I think there were a lot of reports, I don’t know where they were getting it from, as far as their description of the injury. But from what I’ve seen, the reports of what the injury was are not true.

“To set the record straight, it wasn’t a dislocation, it was a simple – I guess nothing’s simple when you come down to it – but it was just a small fracture in the hip socket, in the joint. It wasn’t a dislocation, It wasn’t a Bo Jackson injury. It was a fracture. I visited the specialist yesterday, and everything’s looking good as of right now. We’re on track to a full recovery.”

Bulaga, who was put on injured reserve on Nov. 12, said that in conjunction with team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie, he went to see a specialist in Nashville. He saw that same specialist on Tuesday and said both doctors concurred that IR was the way to go.

“I think it was bad enough (to go to injured reserve). I think Doc McKenzie and the specialist got together and made a smart decision,” Bulaga said. “As a football player, you always want to go out and play, but I think they were just looking out for my well-being and making sure this thing healed up properly.”

Asked if he thought he’d be ready for organized team activity practices in the spring, Bulaga replied, “I have no idea. That’s too far out yet. That’s something we’re going to have to talk about as we get closer to that point. We haven’t even discussed.

“(Opening day) is obviously the goal, and I think it’s definitely attainable from the way I’m feeling now and the report we got back (on Tuesday). It’s just a matter of making sure we’re taking care of it and progressing properly.”

With Bulaga out, Lang had been working at right tackle in his place until he was felled by an ankle injury Sunday against Minnesota. Undrafted rookie Don Barclay filled in for the rest of the game against the Vikings.

“They’ve replaced me,” Bulaga said. “They’ve moved on.”

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