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Packersí Bulaga has "small" hip fracture

12/5/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga snubbed reports of a rumored hip location on Tuesday, that had been has been quite in the circulation since the 23-year old injured his left hip in a Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
 
Bryan Bulaga claimed he did not suffer a dislocation that needed to be fitted back in its place, and the broad comparisons of his hip injury to former two-sports All-Star Bo Jackson and ex-Packers left tackle Chad Clifton were totally bogus.
 
 “I don’t know where they were getting it from, as far as their description of the injury (goes),” said Bryan Bulaga. “It's definitely not that, or the Bo Jackson injury that everyone was talking about.”
 
The former 23rd overall pick Bryan Bulaga, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2010, stated that he suffered a minor fracture to the hip socket, where the femur rests, and he was moving on to recovery at an excellent pace.
 
"It's just a small fracture in the hip capsle, just a freak injury the way my body was and my leg locked out,” stated Bryan Bulaga.  “It was a freak deal and it's definitely something we expect a full recovery from.”
 
Bryan Bulaga said that he visited a specialist in Tennessee on Tuesday who determined that the fracture is healing well, which means that rumors of the hip injury being a career-ending threat are all inaccurate.
 
“It feels a lot better, that’s for sure. From when it initially happened until now it feels a lot better,” added Bryan Bulaga. “The specialist in Nashville said everything checked out, the progression of the healing, so we're pretty confident what we got going forward."
 
Asked if he thought he’d be available for offseason activities or OTAs in spring, Bryan Bulaga hesitated to put a date on his return.
 
“I have no idea. That’s too far out yet,” said Bryan Bulaga. “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),” continued Bryan Bulaga. It’s just a matter of making sure we’re taking care of it and progressing properly.”
 
The Green Bay Packers placed Bryan Bulaga on the season-ending injured reserve on 12th November. Although Bryan Bulaga wasn’t initially on board with the idea of sitting out the rest of the season, he took heed to the team doctor’s advice since giving his body a rest was the best way to heel the hip injury.
 
"As a football player, I wanted to know what the rehab time was so I could get back and do my part for the team, “ said Bryan Bulaga, “but I think (they)  just made a decision how was it going to heal the best and what was the best way to do it. I think the decision was right, but as a football player you want to play football.”
 
In Bryan Bulaga absence, T.J. Lang had been moved at right tackle until he too was sidelined with an ankle injury during the Green Bay Packers’ 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Undrafted rookie Dom Barclay filled-in at the spot for Green Bay Packers during the rest of the game.
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