Bryan Bulaga Opts for Surgery

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Bryan Bulaga

Bryan Bulaga

We all knew this was coming. Bryan Bulaga was just being stubborn.

Bulaga tore his ACL during the Green Bay Packers Family Night scrimmage. He was diagnosed by the team doctor on Monday, but insisted on getting a second opinion, probably because he was able to continue playing after the tear occurred during Family Night. That led Bulaga to noted NFL g0-to surgeon Dr. James Andrews and — surprise! — Andrews told Bulaga the same thing.

Bulaga will have surgery when the swelling in his knee goes down and is expected to miss 8-to-10 months.

“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,” coach Mike McCarthy said after practice. “At the end of the day, it is the player’s decision.

“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.

“You never ultimately know until you go in there. All indications are that he needs to have the surgery.”

Now that the decision to have surgery has been made, Bulaga will land on injured reserve for the second consecutive season. Bulaga missed the final seven games of the 2012 season with a hip injury.

In the meantime, rookie David Bakhtiari will take over at left tackle. If he plays well, you have to wonder where that leaves Bryan Bulaga when he’s finally able to get back into a game.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

4 Comments on "Bryan Bulaga Opts for Surgery"

  1. TyKo Steamboat

    The thing that sucks most about this is that it came before a single game…

    If this were in the heat of battle, it would be easier to accept.

    Also, it showed on the field exactly how much we missed this guy in our line-up after he went down with the hip injury last season.

    Maybe that Lane Taylor from OSU will step-up.

  2. Phatgzus

    1) Finishing a scrimmage and performing single-legged squats with a torn ACL-Bulaga is a badass a la Jack Youngblood; he’d probably play the season on it if it wouldn’t end his career.

    2) As a fan of the Red Sox, a team consisting of the glass-like perpetually shattered Clay Buccholz and Jacoby Ellsbury, I get a sick panicky feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear the words Dr. James Andrews.

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