Matt LaFleur: David Bakhtiari’s return just didn’t work out

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Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari played only 27 snaps this season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in a Dec. 31, 2020, game. He experienced discomfort in his knee following his return to action in Week 18 and was inactive for the divisional round game.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur was asked about Bakhtiari’s health on Monday and expressed confidence the two-time All-Pro can return to 100 percent for next season.

“I don’t think it was anybody’s fault as to why this happened,” LaFleur said, via Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com. “I do know this: David worked his ass off on a daily basis to try to be available for us. It just didn’t work out. . . . The opinions we’ve gotten from not only our docs but other docs as well is that structurally, everything looks good. But until we get there, until we work through this, I don’t think anybody truly knows. Everybody responds to these injuries a little bit differently. Unfortunately, in his case, it just has taken longer than it typically does. But I’ve got complete confidence that David, he’s so diligent, man. He does everything the right way. It’s just an unfortunate circumstance that we’re being dealt with right now.”

8 responses to “Matt LaFleur: David Bakhtiari’s return just didn’t work out

  1. I don’t understand why they didn’t put Turner at RT and use Nijman at LT, where he had done well. Kelly was clearly the weak link.

  2. Green Bay is going to be a mess next season after they clean up the toxic waste of their salary cap. It was all loaded up for this failed run.

  3. Another big injury loss that cost the Packers big time. Not so much the fact he didn’t play but it made the Packers mismatch the OL players into different positions. Probably should have stayed with guys that brought them to the dance instead of flopping tackles, changing centers and messing with guards. OL was ok but nothing to get excited about.

  4. just what do you expect when you rush a player back early from a serious injury to try cover your backup is marginal because you overpaid your stars and had to cut corners with the rest of your cap?

  5. just what do you expect when you rush a player back early from a serious injury to try cover your backup is marginal because you overpaid your stars and had to cut corners with the rest of your cap?
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    The Packers are notoriously conservative with their players. He was not rushed back.

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