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McCarthy: Bulaga's knee surgery 'definitely the right decision'

Aug. 7, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga will have season-ending knee surgery, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday morning. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga will have season-ending knee surgery, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday morning. File/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice. Here are some highlights:

♦ (Running back) Eddie Lacy was held out of practice because of his hamstring. I havenít been given any information to be concerned long term.

♦ Something thatís been bothering him. It was determined he could not practice.

♦ (Running back) Alex Green was doing better. I thought he looked good. He missed practice yesterday because of the swelling.

♦ Mike Neal passed his physical. We worked him in a limited fashion particularly in the individual drills. Mike is a defensive lineman. Heíll have a role thatís a little different from the past.

♦ Game in 48 hours. Weíve been in pads the whole time.

♦ Vince Young is on Day 2 in a new offense. One of the reasons why we signed Vince Young was because he knows how to play quarterback, knows how to win.

♦ I think football players are definitely conditioned. Pro football doesnít stop for anyone.

♦ (Wide receiver) Randall Cobb just being cautious with his bicep.

♦ (On fights at Wednesday's practice) Itís time to play someone else. Theyíre tired of getting after each other. Some plays have lingered to the next. The disciple of the game. This has been going on for two weeks.

♦ (Also on fights) Not very smart. Punch a man when heís wearing a helmet. Thatís not the smartest thing.

♦ (On left tackle Bryan Bulaga deciding to have knee surgery) Itís definitely the right decision. If you look at the history of our organization, weíve never encouraged players to take the longer road. His response to the injury and doing one-legged squats. He doesnít look like a man whoís getting ready to have knee surgery.

♦ If he has surgery, I donít see him playing this year.

♦ I thought (offensive lineman Greg) Van Roten started a little slow in training camp and really came on.

♦ (Quarterback) Graham Harrell, I think heís had a steady camp. Heís had some highs, which clearly was the scrimmage, live action in preseason games. Heíll learn from that experience. The practice, thereís been some up and down, which is normal in the installation phase.

♦ (On the running backs) Theyíve picked it up. James Starks has picked it up. Alex Green has been playing better. When DuJuan gets back, itíll even go to another level. Our running back competition, top to bottom, has never been this good.

♦ Did skeet shooting yesterday.

♦ We have talked about scrimmaging another team but frankly it just doesnít work for us. Thereís some components to how we go about training camp. The Green Bay Packers will never leave Green Bay. As far as trying to make it work, I tried two years in a row and it didnít work for us.

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