The Green Bay Packers are starting to get healthy at the right time. Left tackle David Bakhtiari is expected to make his 2021-22 season debut on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The Packers are set to play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in the regular season finale.
Bakhtiari tore his ACL during a practice on December 31, 2020. The All-Pro has missed Green Bay’s last 19 games due to the injury. Bakhtiari last played in a game on December 27, 2020, when the Packers beat the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay activated Bakhtiari off of the physically unable to perform list on November 10th. Though he wasn’t ready to play at the time, had they not, Bakhtiari would not have been able to play at all this season. On November 23, he underwent a minor clean-up surgery to help further reconstruct his knee. For the first time all year, Bakhtiari was listed as a full participant on Friday’s practice report, setting the stage for his return.
The result of Sunday’s game in Detroit will have no effect on Green Bay’s playoff seeding, leading many fans to see the game as ‘meaningless’. However, if active, the snaps Bakhtiari takes at Ford Field will be crucial ones. The opportunity for the All-Pro to knock some rust off before Green Bay’s playoff run is extremely important.
The Packers and Lions will kickoff at noon on Sunday.