Packers cautiously optimistic David Bakhtiari will be ready for Week One

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Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari missed nearly the entire 2021 season after tearing his ACL late in 2020. He was on the field for the club’s Week 18 loss to the Lions. But he played only 40 percent of the offensive snaps, ostensibly suffering a setback.

On Wednesday, Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst told reporters that Bakhtiari had another procedure on his knee in the offseason. But the team is still cautiously optimistic about the left tackle’s potential availability for Week One.

Per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Gutekunst said Bakhtiari’s injury was “very significant” and “much more than an ACL.” But there’s no concern that Bakhtiari will play again.

While there are still several weeks between now and the start of the regular season, Gutekunst declined to put a timetable on when Bakhtiari may return to the practice field.

“We played all last year without him, and obviously we won a lot of games,” Gutekunst said. “I think it’s one of the ways we build our offensive line. I think [offensive line coach] Luke [Butkus] does such a really good job with them, cross-training them, that we’re able to cover some of those things.”

Bakhtiari has started 119 games for the Packers in his nine-year career. He is a two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler.

15 responses to “Packers cautiously optimistic David Bakhtiari will be ready for Week One

  1. His last minute absence was quite possibly the difference between beating the 49ers or losing to them. Make no mistake, he is a big key to this team and they need him returning to form.

  2. waterisforfighting says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:34 am
    His last minute absence was quite possibly the difference between beating the 49ers or losing to them. Make no mistake, he is a big key to this team and they need him returning to form.

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    I think that using him was the problem when he was way too rusty. They should have just let Nijman keep going. He was lights out at LT leading up to Bak’s return.

  3. Bahk is the best, great guy also. Fortunately Nijman played quite well last season. Need to get Jenkins back.

  4. He’s won’t be Bakht any time soon, and if he is, he won’t be Bakht for long. Twas a good run.

  5. Coach JV says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:45 am
    waterisforfighting says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:34 am
    His last minute absence was quite possibly the difference between beating the 49ers or losing to them. Make no mistake, he is a big key to this team and they need him returning to form.

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    I think that using him was the problem when he was way too rusty. They should have just let Nijman keep going. He was lights out at LT leading up to Bak’s return.
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    Bahk did not play against the 49ers. His limited action came in the last regular season game.

  6. This injury happened in practice. Sure would like to find out the circumstances. If non-contact – a very bad sign of some weakness.

  7. They drafted 3 on the OL, brought in a couple of UFAs, and may not be done yet. The way they’ve been snake-bitten at that position the last couple of years obviously is being addressed as much as possible.

  8. I understand it’s not easy to predict how someone recovers from an injury, but the Packers seem absolutely clueless in their statements from the beginning. I’m pretty sure they are consulting a “magic 8 ball” on this one.

  9. Delusional.

    He’ll be fortunate to resume his career at all, from the looks of things.

  10. David has earned whatever time it takes. In the meantime, the Packers are prepared and well positioned to dominate on the O-line, with or without him.

  11. Again I don’t care if Bak is ready on opening day, but if he can help out in December it’s all gravy.

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