Packers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about OT David Bakhtiari’s return after extra knee process

David Bakhtiari’s knee points have despatched him down an arduous path again to the sector, and it does not seem like over.

The Packers star left deal with performed simply 27 snaps in 2021. He is not prepared for one more simply but.

Packers common supervisor Brian Gutekunst instructed reporters Wednesday the deal with underwent one other process on his knee in the course of the offseason and declined to supply a timetable on Bakhtiari’s potential return, including he is “cautiously optimistic” concerning the two-time All-Professional’s restoration, by way of [Update News]’s Matt Schneidman. Bakhtiari formally was positioned on the staff’s bodily unable to carry out checklist final week.

In January, Bakhtiari detailed his frustrations together with his knee harm whereas explaining he wanted day without work to correctly heal earlier than with the ability to play once more. The story continued into the spring when Bakhtiari sat out of all offseason actions as a part of Inexperienced Bay’s plan to get him “robust and hopefully be able to go for coaching camp,” as coach Matt LaFleur described it in late Could.

Bakhtiari’s extended journey grows extra worrisome with every passing month with out on-field exercise, however there is a legitimate cause for his prolonged absence: The harm was “way more than an ACL,” Gutekunst stated Wednesday.

Nonetheless, at 30 years previous together with his thirty first birthday coming in September, Bakhtiari does not precisely have an infinite provide of time. Inexperienced Bay expects to contend instantly, however with out their left deal with, the Packers may need to make do for what could possibly be a second consecutive season.

The excellent news: Inexperienced Bay may get one other key lineman again sooner than anticipated. Gutekunst instructed reporters guard Elgton Jenkins is “forward of schedule in his restoration from an ACL harm, per The Packers Wire’s Zach Kruse.

As for Bakhtiari, the Packers are holding his seat heat.

“He is a professional’s professional,” LaFleur stated, by way of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, “and when he is prepared we’ll welcome him again.”