The Green Bay Packers confirmed the worst on Monday, as the team announced that offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL in a Saturday scrimmage. It's the second serious injury in less than a year for the 24-year-old offensive tackle, who was placed on injured reserved in 2012 with a fractured hip sustained in week 9. Green Bay had high hopes for Bulaga, as the team planned to move him to left tackle for the first time in his career -- presenting an opportunity to protect the blind side of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Bulaga will visit with Dr. James Andrews to confirm the tear, but the Packers are moving forward with the assumption their diagnosis is accurate. It will be on fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari to fill the void vacated by Bulaga. The rookie has received glowing reviews from the organization early in camp.
After sitting out Sunday's Hall of Fame game with the majority of Dallas' starters, Tony Romo is expected to play this Friday against the Oakland Raiders in the Cowboys' second preseason game. Surgery to remove a back cyst sidelined Romo throughout the Cowboys' OTAs, though he has managed to take reps in training camp thus far.
Friday's game will be the first opportunity to see Romo in-game since the organization signed him to a long-term extension. His 10th season was one of the best, throwing for a career-high 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns. Now it's incumbent on Romo to prove he's not only worth the extension, but can shake public perception that he struggles when it counts and get the Cowboys over the hump.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a calculated risk when they traded for an injured Darrelle Revis back in April. However, it looks like that risk will pay off for the Buccaneers, as the star cornerback will be ready when Tampa Bay faces the New York Jets on Sept. 8.
Revis tore his ACL in Week 2 of the regular season last year, and became expendable as the Jets organization looked to move forward with youth at the position. Early reports out of Buccaneers OTAs noted that Revis' recovery was ahead of schedule, and the team hoped he would be ready to start the regular season.
There's a chance Revis could be ready to participate in the third preseason game, but no commitment has been made to an early appearance.
Week 1 is shaping up to be difficult for the New York Jets. Former cornerback Darrelle Revis looks to be ready to play against his former team, and the Jets are poised to be without their top wide receiver. Santonio Holmes told friends he expects to miss four games while recovering from a Lisfranc injury.
Holmes is currently on the Jets' physically unable to perform list while he continues rehabilitation. He managed to be the Jets' fifth-ranked receiver in 2012, despite playing in just four games. The acquisition of Holmes hasn't gone according to plan for New York so far, as the former 1,000-yard receiver has yet to break 750 yards for the Jets since arriving from Pittsburgh via trade in 2010.
New York is having trouble with its receiving corps, but it's the opposite in New Orleans, as the Saints added another arrow to their quiver by signing Steve Breaston to a one-year contract on Monday.
Breaston is coming off the worst season in his career, when he managed just 74 yards receiving for the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to that, he was a reliable third option in Arizona, where the receiver gave a steady 700 yards receiving to the Cardinals. His breakout year came in 2008, when he amassed 1,006 yards. It remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank, but Breaston will get plenty of opportunities to shine as he joins the NFL's most potent passing offense.