GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A day after Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he was “hoping for a miracle” that left tackle Bryan Bulaga could play with his torn anterior cruciate ligament, coach Mike McCarthy said Bulaga has decided to have season-ending surgery.
Bulaga, who was injured in Saturday’s scrimmage but kept playing and even worked out at the team facility the next day, was exploring ways in which he might be able to play.
“It’s definitely the right decision,” McCarthy said after Wednesday’s practice. “If you look at the history of the way we treat players, we’ve never advised a player to take the harder road. It’s the player’s decision.”
That means the Packers will go forward with rookie David Bakhtiari at left tackle.
In other injury news, McCarthy said:
*Running back Eddie Lacy was sidelined because of a hamstring injury that had been bothering him off and on during training camp. McCarthy said he was not concerned about Lacy missing an extended period of time.
*Receiver Randall Cobb, who sustained a biceps injury on Tuesday, was in pads but was extremely limited. He did not appear to do anything more than some running on his own.
*Defensive end Mike Neal passed his physical and practiced for the first time after missing the first week and a half because of an abdominal injury. He was limited mostly to individual drills.