David Bakhtiari is in an extremely difficult situation. He is in the midst of a long term deal. He is also in the midst of an 18 month ACL Recovery. December 31st, 2020 David Bakhtiari tore his ACL. Late July 2022, that same injury is preventing him from being a full participant in training camp. Today Ian Rapoport appeared on The Pat McAfee Show to discuss what is going on with #69.
Ian Rapoport’s comments:
Any time a guy starts on the PUP list means that he’s not physically able to play which means he has not passed a physical. I think with Bakhtiari there’s always going to be caution. I remember going back to last year there was definitely some people that thought he’s ready to play. He then played against the Lions late in the season, and he just never felt comfortable.
I don’t get the sense that there’s a major major thing here. But until he gets out on the field, and then does it the next day, it’s always going to be something worth watching.
Until he gets out there and says “I’m good, stop asking” there’s always going to be a little bit of a concern. It’s also worth nothing that PUP (physically unable to perform) can be a precautionary measure.
Full video here:
"There's always going to be caution with David Bakhtiari.. until he says I'm good & stop asking it's always gonna be a concern"@RapSheet on the Green Bay Packers placing David Bakhtiari on the PUP list #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/CcfvuO1BiH
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 25, 2022
What does this mean going forward?
Ian suggests that the Packers may want to see Bakhtiari work for a few days before officially clearing him. This would be the best case scenario here. If it is anything but, we are going to start talking about different avenues for #69. Whether that means trade, cut, contract restructuring (again), we really aren’t sure. However it feels unlikely that the Packers front office would do nothing about a guy with his kind of contract, to just ride the bench all season long. There has to be a plan going forward if he isn’t able to go this season.
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