The Green Bay Packers’ front office has tried to make it clear that they planned for David Bakhtiari to be where he is all along. Packers head coach Matt Lafleur provided an update to reporters this past week.
Bakhtiari will not be participating in workouts this spring as the team continues to prioritize his recovery from a torn ACL, but he added their veteran blindside blocker is “close” to getting back on the field and will “hopefully” be ready for the start of camp toward the end of July.
“Our plan all along was to hold him from this time of year and just make sure he’s continuing to get stronger and ready to go hopefully in time for training camp,” LaFleur said. “Yeah, (he’s close). I mean, he’s been close. He was out there in a game, but it’s just part of our process right now.”
It has been 18 months since David Bakhtiari tore his ACL
Everyone is different, we all know that. However recovery from a torn ACL generally takes about nine months. It could take anywhere from 8 to 12 months or more before athletes can return to their sports. David Bakhtiari is well past that time frame and Matt Lafleur just gave an update that he “hopes” to have his star LT back at the 20 month mark.
In both the 2020-21 NFC Championship Game Vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2021-22 divisional round vs the San Francisco 49ers, Bakhtiari’s presence was missed. It was evident with how much pressure Rodgers was under on a consistent basis. One hopes that these precautions the Packers are taking are just a formality at this point. At this point we hope Bakhtiari will be back for at least the second half of the season and a playoff run, best case scenario is he is back for training camp in July with no limitations.