David Bakhtiari believes he’s on track to start Sunday

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Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari hasn’t seen much time on the field since Week 16 of the 2020 season. Three knee surgeries since have slowed his return.

But on Monday, Bakhtiari practiced in team drills for the first time in 2022. He told Rob Demovsky of ESPN that he believes it is realistic for him to start the season opener Sunday against the Vikings.

“Yeah, I mean, I’m on the active [roster] just like anyone else,” Bakhtiari said.

Bakhtiari tore his left ACL on Dec. 31, 2020, and has not practiced or played much since. He saw 27 snaps in the 2021 regular-season finale but then didn’t play in the postseason.

Demovsky asked Bakhtiari if he could play a full game.

“I can get through the season,” Bakhtiari said. “It’s going to be fine. You have to just manage while playing.

“I’m just getting back in the swing of things. So, I mean, I think there’s normal rust and then new normal with three surgeries, so just kind of working that out and figuring out what my routine is.”

17 responses to “David Bakhtiari believes he’s on track to start Sunday

  1. It’s a bad sign if they ask you if you can get through a full game and your answer isn’t “yes.”

  2. Don’t rush it. It’s very likely a trap game anyway. The Vikings need this win a helluva lot more than the Packers do, and they’re anxious to get started on their Most Memorable Sports Moments of the Next Decade. We all know what that means; play dirty and past the whistle.

  3. Three surgeries for what is ostensibly just a “torn ACL”.

    Good luck, Bak. You’re a good player with the misfortune of playing in a bad town. I sincerely hope this doesn’t turn out to be the chronic condition it sounds like it is.

  4. When you see the comment “I can get through the season” and “its going to be fine. You just have to manage while playing” you can rest assured his knee is not and will not ever be the same. Whether he can sustain the level of all pro play for a full season or at all with his balky knee remains to be seen. Sucks though because he is by all accounts a great person and a great player.

  5. Look Green Bay, like most intelligent organizations, have been and will continue to use the first 3 regular seasons as an extension of pre-season.

    I’d expect they will look to give both Bak and Jenkins a couple series a game while dressing 9 lineman early in the Year.

  6. When healthy, this guy is the best LT in the league. As a Viking fan, I obviously hope he doesn’t play. As a Bak fan, I’m concerned when he readily admits the knee is still bad by stating he has to manage it through the season — after almost 2 years and multiple surgeries, it ain’t gonna get better.

  7. Yes, belief is a wonderful thing. Like us having the belief that the Vikings could actually win a super bowl some year. Let’s not hold our breath, though . . .

  8. Lol, against Z and Hunter? Dude is gonna wish he stayed on the IR. Add Tomlinson and Phillips, and Karen better get rid of the ball quick.

  9. If Bakhtiari needs a breather,… his back up Yosh Nijman is no slouch.
    He started 1/2 of last season at LT and didn’t embarrass himself at all.

  10. As a Packer fan, I have to admit I don’t love the sound of this. It’s almost as though he’s trying to manage or lower expectations. The guy is a an excellent LT, the injury is really too bad for him and the Packers. I hope he can at least approach his previous level of play, but it’s hard not to think he’s probably lost something 17 months and 3-surgeries later.

  11. I’d be happy to see him on the field for the London game. Or even the Buffalo Sunday Nighter.

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