Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari (69) smiles at fans during Packers Family Night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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Report: Packers LT David Bakhtiari could start season opener

Green Bay Packers All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari could be suiting up for the team’s season opener against the Minnesota Vikings after tearing his ACL just over 20 months ago, ESPN reported Monday.

Bakhtiari suffered the knee injury during the 2020 season and missed the postseason because of it. He was then held out until Week 18 of the 2021 season, where he played 27 snaps against the Detroit Lions before once again missing the Packers’ postseason run.

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

Bakhtiari, 30, has spent all nine seasons of his career with Green Bay and is a three-time Pro Bowler. He’s played 119 games, all of which were starts.

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Aug 5, 2022; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari (69) smiles at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Samantha Madar/Green Bay Press Gazette -USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers activate LT David Bakhtiari from PUP list

Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Sunday.

Bakhtiari, 30, played 27 total snaps in 2021 — all in the regular-season finale — after sustaining a torn ACL on Dec. 31, 2020. He has had three surgeries since the injury, including one before spring offseason workouts.

“We’re excited to get him out on the grass, and we’ll take it one day at a time,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.

“There’s been no thought as far as Week 1 is concerned right now. We have to see how he responds. When he’s ready, he’s ready.”

LaFleur said Bakhtiari would do individual drills at practice on Sunday.

A two-time All-Pro, Bakhtiari has started all 119 games in which he has played since being selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Packers open the season at the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari waves to the cameras at the start of minicamp practice Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers put LT David Bakhtiari on PUP list

The Green Bay Packers put All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Saturday.

It’s another setback for Bakhtiari, who was expected to be ready for Packers training camp next week.

Bakhtiari, 30, who missed all but 27 snaps last season following the injury he suffered on Dec. 31, 2020, has been beset by complications since surgery to repair his ACL.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection played in the 2021 season finale but was then shut down for the postseason. He required a procedure to reduce swelling and drain fluid from around the knee.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said in June the team was targeting training camp for Bakhtiari’s return.

Bakhtiari joined teammates Christian Watson, Mason Crosby, Robert Tonyan, Elgton Jenkins, Kylin Hill, Patrick Taylor, Dean Lowry, Randy Ramsey and Hauati Pututau on the PUP list.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69)  and head coach Matt LeFleur against the New York Jets during their preseason football game on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers expect LT David Bakhtiari to be ready for camp

Left tackle David Bakhtiari missed all but 27 snaps last season following ACL surgery in 2020, but the Green Bay Packers anticipate his return for training camp in July.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers are preparing for Bakhtiari to be back on the blindside of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. To make sure of it, the 30-year-old will be rested during most of the offseason, including the second OTA session this week in Green Bay.

“Our plan all along was to hold him from this time of the year and make sure he’s continuing to get stronger and ready to go hopefully for training camp,” LaFleur said Tuesday. “This is part of our process right now.”

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Bakhtiari continues on the road back from an ACL tear on Dec. 31, 2020. He was able to suit up for the final regular-season game last season but has experienced numerous setbacks and required a procedure to reduce swelling and drain fluid from around the knee.

LaFleur said the approach is cautious, but not one that should indicate concern Bakhtiari might experience another injury.

“We just thought, yeah, this is a guy that has played a lot of ball, and it’s best to, you know, hold him from this portion of it,” LaFleur said.

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Injured Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari is shown during the fourth quarter of their game Monday, September 20, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 35-17.

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David Bakhtiari (knee) questionable vs. 49ers

Green Bay Packers All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari didn’t practice Thursday and is officially listed as questionable to play Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) is listed as doubtful.

Bakhtiari was limited in practice Wednesday after not practicing Tuesday. He returned in Week 18 against Detroit and played 27 snaps in his first action since tearing an ACL late last year.

However, the Packers are expected to get back cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (back) and WR Randall Cobb (core muscle) against the Niners. All three practiced Thursday and Green Bay is expected to activate Smith and Cobb off injured reserve.

Alexander was activated from injured reserve on Dec. 29 but hasn’t played since Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari participates in organized team activities Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. 
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Packers’ David Bakhtiari undergoes knee procedure

Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in a bid to return for the team’s stretch run to the playoffs, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Bakhtiari initially had knee surgery in January following an ACL tear on New Year’s Eve. He was activated off the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Nov. 10, but has yet to play a game this season for the Packers (8-3).

“He won’t be out there this week (against the visiting Los Angeles Rams on Sunday),” coach Matt LaFleur said. “We’ll see where he’s at after the bye. We’re hopeful that he will be able to come back this year at some point.”

Elgton Jenkins, 25, had played in Bakhtiari’s place before sustaining a season-ending ACL tear in Green Bay’s 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Yosh Nijman, 25, replaced Jenkins versus the Vikings. He is expected to start against the Rams (7-3).

Bakhtiari, 30, was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time last season. He was also named to the All-Pro team in 2018 and 2020.

Bakhtiari has started in all 118 games in which he has appeared since being selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Colorado.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari participates in organized team activities Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. 
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Packers activate OT David Bakhtiari off PUP list

The Green Bay Packers activated offensive tackle David Bakhtiari off the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

Bakhtiari is eligible to play against the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He has been sidelined since sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 15 of last season.

The 30-year-old Bakhtiari was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time last season. He was also named to the All-Pro team in 2018 and 2020.

Bakhtiari has started in all 118 games in which he has appeared since being selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Colorado.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) participates in minicamp practice Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

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Reports: Packers LT David Bakhtiari added to PUP list

The Green Bay Packers are placing starting left tackle David Bakhtiari on the Physically Unable to Perform List to start the season, per multiple reports.

Bakhtiari is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered late last season.

Bakhtiari will have to sit out at least the first six weeks of the season, but won’t count against the Packers’ 53-man roster that they need to reach by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Bakhtiari, who turns 30 in September, was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time last season. Selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Colorado, he has missed only 10 of a possible 128 games. Bakhtiari was selected to the All-Pro team in 2018 and 2020.

In mid-November, Bakhtiari signed a four-year, $103.5 million contract that made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in league history.

The Packers are scheduled to open the season on the road against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Sept. 12. Due to the effects of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, the venue for that game remains to be determined.

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Dec 9, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) following the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers rule out OL Bakhtiari (chest) against Texans

The Green Bay Packers have ruled out veteran offensive left tackle David Bakhtiari for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans because of a chest injury.

Bakhtiari will not travel with the team to Houston after his status was downgraded, the Packers announced Saturday. Green Bay has five other players who remain questionable to play, including running back Aaron Jones (calf), tight end Robert Tonyan (ankle), defensive lineman Montravius Adams (foot), linebacker Preston Smith (shoulder) and center Corey Linsley (back).

This will be Bakhtiari’s first missed game since 2017. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured during last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 29-year-old has appeared in 111 career games, all starts, since making his debut in 2013 as a fourth-round draft pick out of Colorado.

Green Bay is 4-1, a half-game behind the Chicago Bears for the top spot in the NFC North division. The Packers will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 38-10 setback against the Buccaneers.

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