Bulaga to Have Knee Surgery, Out for the Season

Published 08/07 2013 01:32PM

Updated 08/07 2013 01:49PM

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday that left tackle Bryan Bulaga will undergo knee surgery and miss the entire 2013 season.

"It's definitely the right decision and if you look at the history of the way we've treated people, we've never advised a player to take the harder road," McCarthy said following practice.  "At the end of the day, it is the player's decision."

The nature of the injury and the way Bulaga played through it during the Family Night scrimmage left the door open for possibly playing through the injury.

"The thing about Bryan Bulaga is the way the injury happened, his response to the injury where he kept playing and to come in here the next day and was doing one-legged squats and you see him walking down the hall and he doesn't look like a man who's getting ready to have knee surgery. I think for everybody involved and particularly with Bryan I think there was just some hope that maybe it wasn't as bad as the initial opinion."

Bulaga missed seven games a year ago with a slight fracture to his hip making this an even tougher pill to swallow considering the team banked on him moving over to protect Aaron Rodger's blind side in 2013.

Rookie 4th round pick David Bakhtiari has been taking all the reps at left tackle in Bulaga's absence and as of now Marshall Newhouse and the rest of the line is staying put.

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