Thursday, February 22, 2018
Sports

Injury shakes up Pack's line shuffle

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers might be forced to shuffle their renovated offensive line after starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a season-ending knee injury during a weekend scrimmage.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Bulaga tore an ACL and will miss the season. The Packers canceled practice Monday and no one from the team was available to comment.

Three months ago, coach Mike McCarthy moved Bulaga from right tackle to left, Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton from right to left, T.J. Lang from left guard to right guard and Marshall Newhouse, who started 28 games the past two seasons at left tackle, to right tackle. McCarthy has said he moved Sitton to put the team's two best linemen on the left to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers' blind side. Those changes might be up in the air now.

It was unclear when Bulaga was injured Saturday night.

Also, the Packers signed free agent quarterback Vince Young to a one-year deal believed to be worth the league minimum, the Journal Sentinel reported. The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 3 overall draft pick in 2006 will make a base salary of $840,000 if he makes the team. Young, 30, last played in 2011 as the Eagles' backup.

BRONCOS: Tight end Joel Dreessen had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and right tackle Orlando Franklin left practice with an injured hip.

BROWNS: Running back Trent Richardson returned to practice after missing two workouts with a bruised shin; his status for Cleveland's preseason opener, Thursday against the Rams, remained uncertain.

COLTS: Darrius Heyward-Bey missed practice and moved around gingerly with a sprained left knee, but the receiver didn't need crutches. Team spokesman Avis Roper said Heyward-Bey's injury was "not serious."

Dolphins: Safety Reshad Jones signed a four-year extension through 2017, profootballtalk.com reported.

JAGUARS: Receiver Cecil Shorts left practice early with a strained left calf muscle.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan would love to see the team's fans move past a disappointing 2012, but if they feel like booing his team, that's their business. "Fans have the right to do anything they want," Ryan said of quarterback Mark Sanchez being booed during Saturday's scrimmage. Ryan added, "Are we disappointed when it happens? Of course."

RAIDERS: Rookie cornerback and first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will miss Friday's preseason opener at Dallas. Hayden suffered a slight hamstring pull, but coach Dennis Allen said the decision was related to his recovery from offseason abdominal surgery.

RAVENS: Tight end Ed Dickson has a slightly torn hamstring and will miss at least a week. Coach John Harbaugh said Dickson is expected back by the first week of the regular season.

SAINTS: Top receiver Marques Colston returned from the physically-unable-to-perform list after missing 10 days of camp with a foot injury. The team signed two receivers, veteran Steve Breaston and rookie free agent Brent Leonard.

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