Third Packers OT goes on injured reserve already this season

By Vincent Frank

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has already pretty much done everything for his team throughout what has been a tremendous career.

It might now be time for Rodgers to practice protecting himself as an offensive tackle. If anyone can clone himself and pull off a medical marvel, it’s definitely Mr. Rodgers.

Short of that happening, the Packers themselves are in a world of trouble.

The team placed offensive tackle Kyle Murphy on injury reserve Tuesday, making him the third player at that position to hit IR for the Packers thus far this season.

Murphy joins Jason Spriggs and Don Barclay as offensive tackles currently on IR for the Packers.

To make matters even more dire, starting left tackle David Bakhtiari has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. While he did return to practice this week, starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury.

“If an individual doesn’t get into the limited practice category today I think he’d be hard pressed to play in the game Thursday,” head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday, via ESPN.

That would most definitely make Bulaga doubtful for Thursday’s prime-time tilt with the Chicago Bears.

Despite posting a 2-1 start to the season, pass protection has been a major issue for Green Bay. Rodgers has been sacked 13 times and hit on 17 percent of his drop backs through three games this season. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight here.