GREEN BAY, WI (packers.com) - Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga will have season-ending knee surgery. Bulaga suffered a torn ACL in the Family Night scrimmage but continued to play. He sought a second medical opinion in hopes of playing this season, but has opted for surgery, likley sometime next week.
McCarthy said “It’s definitely the right decision. 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.”
Bulaga, the 24-year old first-round draft pick in 2010 missed the end of last season with a serious hip injury.
Rookie David Bakhtiari again worked in Bulaga’s spot at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line on Wednesday.
Also, running back Eddie Lacy missed practice with a hamstring injury, although McCarthy doesn't think it'll be a long-term issue. And wide receiver Randall Cobb returned to practice, although he mostly ran sprints. Cobb is nursing a biceps injury.