“Time will tell” if David Bakhtiari is ready to go at Packers training camp

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Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari only played one game during the 2021 season as a result of complications involved with his recovery from a torn ACL suffered at the end of the previous season and continued concerns about his health have led the team to keep him off the field during the offseason program.

It’s also kept head coach Matt LaFleur from committing to having Bakhtiari in the mix when the team starts training camp this summer. LaFleur expressed some optimism about Bakhtiari’s readiness on Tuesday, but tempered it by noting that the team anticipated him being able to play more than he did last year as well.

“Time will tell,” LaFleur said, via Zach Kruse of USAToday.com. “We fully anticipate him being ready to go, but, you know, we did last year as well. I think time will tell. We feel good about the work he’s put in and where he’s at.”

The Packers turned to Elgton Jenkins at left guard for much of last season, but tore his ACL in November and his own outlook for camp and the start of the season remains unclear as well.

13 responses to ““Time will tell” if David Bakhtiari is ready to go at Packers training camp

  1. If neither of them make it back, the Pack still has a better O line than our Vikings.

  2. If he isn’t ready to go by the start of the regular season … he never will be. Retire and save the Pack some dollars.

  3. As long as his knee is healed enough to get close to the D lineman and grab ahold….he should be like his old self…

  4. It’s hard to believe the Packer were able to win 13 games again last season given all the Pro Bowlers injured. This team has incredible depth.

  5. What team wins 13 games when they lose their two ProBowl O-lineman, starting center, and Pro Bowl CB and edge rusher? That’s a recipe for disaster. Yet the 13-time world champs found a way. Stay healthy and #14 is around the corner.

  6. This is a serious for my Packers. I feel like I’ve followed hundreds of ACL’s over my years watching the NFL, and this seems among the oddest recoveries I can recall. Certainly, I’ve seen skilled players lose a step, or RB’s never be the same. But it seems like most other players recover in 12-16 months. This could be a major loss for the GBP, he was a top 3 players in the league at one of the 3-4 most important positions on the field–yikes. Those who think he’s going to retire or somehow “save the Packers” cap money, dream on. This is the NFL. He’s taking every single guaranteed dollar he’s owed. The Packers will see no cap relief if or until they’d be prepared to release him. I’m guessing we’re 1-2 years away from that.

  7. This is a serious for my Packers. I feel like I’ve followed hundreds of ACL’s over my years watching the NFL, and this seems among the oddest recoveries I can recall.
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    Not sure why you see this as odd? He was injured week 17 of 2020. Best case scenario, he would have been ready for the Playoffs. As you said, 12+ months for recovery.

    There hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about what the ‘complications’ were. Its hard to speculate what is going on here. The picture should get a whole lot clearer once they get to training camp.

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