Matt LaFleur on David Bakhtiari: It was always our plan to hold him from this time of year

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After tearing his ACL late in the 2020 season, Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari missed nearly all of 2021.

He was able to start and play 40 percent of Green Bay’s offensive snaps in the Week 18 loss to Detroit. But Bakhtiari was inactive for the team’s playoff loss to San Francisco a couple of weeks later.

Now during the Packers’ OTA, Bakhtiari has not been fully participating in the club’s team drills. Instead, he’s been working on the side — something head coach Matt LaFleur said is just a part of the team’s process.

“Our plan all along was to kind of hold him from this time of the year and make sure he’s continuing to get stronger and ready to go, hopefully, for training camp,” LaFleur said in his Tuesday press conference.

LaFleur was asked if Bakhtiari’s close and he pointed out that the left tackle played in a game last year. LaFleur didn’t quite say there was no concern over Bakhtiari, but again pointed to what time of year it is.

“We just thought that, yeah, this is a guy that’s played a lot of ball and it’s best to hold him from this portion of it,” LaFleur said.

Bakhtiari is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. He turns 31 at the end of September.

9 responses to “Matt LaFleur on David Bakhtiari: It was always our plan to hold him from this time of year

  1. Hate to say it, but they probably need to start looking at a replacement sooner than later. 31 and coming off an ACL isn’t exactly reassuring at the position. Gotta get younger and healthier.

  2. If he was healthy he would’ve played in the playoff game. This will be the last year for him and Rodgers in Green Bay.

  3. More time to chug more beer! Sounds like a win-win proposition for Bakh!

  4. I read what he’s saying, but what I’m hearing is; “Bakhtiari is not recovering as we expected.”

  5. What a mess. I understand they don’t need to tell us everything on a player’s status, but there were so many mixed messages when they did say something last year. And then they play him for almost half of a meaningless game to end the year, but he can’t play in the playoffs? It’s impossible to make sense of this other than chalking it up as player mismanagement.

  6. Keep this in mind, anyone who thinks that Jenkins is going to contribute at all this season.

    ACLs don’t heal fast, and players don’t instantly bounce back when they finally return to the field.

  7. I understand they don’t need to tell us everything on a player’s status, but there were so many mixed messages when they did say something last year. And then they play him for almost half of a meaningless game to end the year, but he can’t play in the playoffs? It’s impossible to make sense of this other than chalking it up as player mismanagement.
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    The message seemed pretty clear throughout the season; they were very conservative (as always) and Bak wasn’t ready.

    Then he did play, there were complications, and they shut him down.

    This team never rushes players back. Rodgers and the collarbone is the only exception I can think of, that was definitely an outlier, fueled by desperation, obviously.

    .. it will be a shame if this is how it ends for Bak. Great player, one of the cornerstones of this teams success. But he’d hardly be the first guy who had his career ended by a knee injury.

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