Bulaga Sacked, Tretter Stripped

Starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga was knocked out of the game with a concussion and his replacement, J.C. Tretter, gave up the late sack-strip that finished off the Packers. (File: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga sustained a concussion during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 21-13 loss at Buffalo.

Bulaga was injured while pursuing Bacarri Rambo after the safety’s second interception of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Bulaga didn’t see Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes, who delivered a crushing blow to the side of Bulaga. Bulaga was on the field for several minutes before being helped off.

“I didn’t see it live but seeing him laying on the ground is never a good thing,” guard T.J. Lang told reporters after the game. “I was talking to him a little bit on the ground and he said he got rung a little bit. Eventually, got up and walked off without any help. Hear he’s doing it OK; I haven’t talked to him yet. I think I’ll be able to elaborate a little bit more tomorrow after I see the play but, from what it sounds like, it was not that severe a hit to take. I hope he’s OK.”

It's unclear whether Bulaga will be available to play next week, when the Packers (10-4) play at Tampa Bay. J.C. Tretter replaced Bulaga and allowed the sack-strip that resulted in a safety and ended Green Bay’s comeback chances.

“That last call is my fault,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I had another play in mind and I should have went with it. The result would have been different. In that particular spot, I should have helped him on that play. That last fumble was my fault based on the protection call.”

Tretter, a second-year pro, was earning his first significant playing time in a key situation. He missed the first half of the season due to an ankle injury sustained in the preseason, and played 23 snaps in a blowout win over Chicago and 12 snaps in a blowout win over Philadelphia. He made no excuses in getting beaten by Bills star Mario Williams, who ranks fourth in the league in sacks since entering the league in 2008.

“That’s my job, that’s what I’m here to do, and that’s what I’m going to do,” Tretter said. “You’ve got to be ready at all times and you’ve got to be able to step in there and do what the team needs to do. That’s just part of it. There’s no pressure or anything like that, that’s what you’re here to do.”

Packers linebacker Nick Perry returned after hurting his shoulder while tackling Fred Jackson early in the third quarter.

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