The Green Bay Packers can’t seem to catch a break lately when it comes to their offensive line in training camp.
Last year, starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed the entire season after tearing his ACL early in training camp. Now this year, the player who replaced Bulaga and was being counted on the play a key role as the sixth offensive lineman for the Pack is done for the year.
Barclay started 14 games last season at right tackle after making the team as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia in 2012. He started four games as a rookie.
“Donny, they don’t come any better than him,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s exactly what you’re looking for. If you want someone to emulate as a Green Bay Packer football player on and off the field, he’s definitely one of your guys.”
Barclay was expected to be the swingman on the offensive this season, backing up Bulaga at right tackle as well as being the primary backup at both guard positions.
“He adds a ton of value to this line,” right guard Josh Sitton said of Barclay. “You typically don’t get a sixth guy that can play that many positions and has had that much experience with 20 games or so started. That will be a big one if he’s down.”
The team also learned Tuesday that rookie tight end Colt Lyerla, an undrafted free agent from Oregon, will be out for several weeks after injuring his knee during the Family Night practice on Saturday. He was hurt when he was hit by defensive back Jarrett Bush after hurdling DB Jumal Rolle.
That will effectively end Lyerla’s chance of making the 53-man roster. The Packers will now have to choose to stash him on injured reserve and bring him back in 2015 or risk losing him by waiving him injured.