The Green Bay Packers played the entirety of the 2021 regular season without their All-Pro left tackle, David Bakhtiari. The protector of Aaron Rodgers’ blindside tore his ACL at the end of the 2020 season. Unfortunately, his rehab has not gone as planned. He even required another procedure on his knee during the season last year. Heading into 2022, many Packers fans were hopeful that Bakhtiari would return to the field. The importance of his return is made even greater with the absence of Elgton Jenkins, who tore his ACL during the season last year. Unfortunately, Matt LaFleur did not have the news fans wanted to hear concerning when Bakhtiari would return to practice.
The Latest on David Bakhtiari
Even though David Bakhtiari has been in Green Bay for OTA’s, he has yet to take the field with the rest of the Packers players. On Tuesday, Matt LaFleur addressed the media and answered questions about Bakhtiari’s rehab:
Matt LaFleur on David Bakhtiari: "Time will tell. We fully anticipate him being ready to go, but, you know, we did last year as well. Time will tell. But we feel good about the work he's put in and where's he at."
Every answer is a mix of ominous and hopeful and uncertain
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) June 14, 2022
Aaron Rodgers on David Bakhtiari: “He’s been working really hard. Hopefully, training camp, he’s full go, good to go. But I know he’s been working hard and itching to get back out there.”
That “hopefully” word again
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) June 8, 2022
What Will the Packers’ Offensive Line Look Like?
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the health of star players, the Green Bay Packers are projected to have one of the best offensive lines in football. IF (we’re all tired of that word), David Bakhtiari is healthy, he will start at left tackle. The Packers are also returning Yosh Nijman, Josh Myers, Royce Newman, and Jon Runyan from their squad last year. Additionally, the Packers added depth in the draft with Sean Rhyan (third round), Zach Tom (fourth round), and Rasheed Walker (seventh round).
Adam Stenovich, who was the offensive line coach, is now the offensive coordinator. Packers fans can be sure that he will put an elite group out on the field.
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