Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  By PAUL IMIG  |  Last updated 8/7/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Bryan Bulaga and the Green Bay Packers held out hope as long as they could. Now it's official. Bulaga will have surgery to repair his torn ACL, ending the season of the team's starting left tackle before it ever started. Bulaga sought a second medical opinion, but that information confirmed what the Packers' medical staff had diagnosed. "It's definitely the right decision," coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. "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 informed the team that he will undergo surgery next week. Bulaga's injury happened on the seventh play of Saturday night's intrasquad scrimmage, but the 24-year-old continued to participate throughout the remainder of the practice. McCarthy was amazed at the way Bulaga has continued to be active, despite the injury. That includes Bulaga doing one-legged squats the day after the injury occurred. "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 for everybody involved, and most importantly for 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, but all indications look that he needs to have the surgery." To eliminate any potential doubt, McCarthy stated that if Bulaga does have the surgery next week as scheduled, "I would say I don't see him playing this year." Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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