Mike McCarthy confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga will have season-ending knee surgery, probably next week.
Bulaga injured the knee in the Family Night scrimmage but continued to play. He sought a second medical opinion on the injury to see if there was any chance he play this season without surgery, but he has opted to have the reconstructive operation.
“It’s definitely the right decision,” McCarthy said. “If you look at the history of the way we’ve treated players, we’ve never advised a player to take the harder road. At the end of the day, it is the player’s decision.”
What made Bulaga’s case so unusual is that the day after his injury, he was doing one-legged squats and moving around as though there was nothing wrong.
On Tuesday, fellow linemate Josh Sitton complimented Bulaga on his toughness during the scrimmage but said he would be “stupid” to try to play this season with the injury, because he has a career to protect. Bulaga, a first-round draft pick in 2010 who is still just 24 years old, has decided to take the prudent path.
“You see him walking down the hall, he doesn’t look like a man that’s getting ready to have knee surgery,” McCarthy said. “I think there was just some hope that it wasn’t as bad as the initial opinion, and you never ultimately know until you go in there, but all indications look that he needs to have the surgery.”
The Packers continued to have rookie David Bakhtiari work in Bulaga’s place at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line on Wednesday.
In other injury news, RB Eddie Lacy missed practice with a hamstring injury. McCarthy said he had been given no information to make him concerned long-term. Meanwhile, WR Randall Cobb (bicep) was suited up for practice but was very limited in his activities. He mostly did sprints along the sideline.
RB Alex Green (knee), DE Datone Jones (illness) and DE Johnny Jolly (cramps) all returned to practice.
DE Mike Neal (abdominal) practiced for the first time in camp on a very limited basis, doing mostly individual and one-on-one drills.
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