GM Bryan Gutekunst said Monday that Bakhtiari (knee) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and could be ready to play Week 1, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
The 29-year-old suffered a torn ACL in late December and subsequently underwent surgery, but he appears to be in good shape nearly five months into his recovery. It would be a quick turnaround if Bakhtiari is cleared for the start of the regular season, but the fact that it remains a possibility is a good sign, even if he does end up missing a couple games.
Bakhtiari (knee) re-negotiated his contract Saturday, converting $11 million into a signing bonus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The move means little from Bakhtiari's perspective, but it could be a huge deal from the Packers' perspective as it frees up closer to $8.5 million in cap space. The All-Pro left tackle is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in practice two months ago and likely won't be ready for the start of the 2021 season.
Bakhtiari (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Friday that Bakhtiari suffered a torn ACL at practice this week, so the move to IR was only a matter of time. The 29-year-old will need to make a quick recovery to have a chance of being ready the 2021 season opener. Elgton Jenkins or Billy Turner should fill in at left tackle for the rest of the season.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Friday that Bakhtiari will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee during Thursday's practice, Olivia Reiner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Bakhtiari is believed to have suffered a torn ACL, but the Packers will presumably put him through more diagnostic tests before the injury is confirmed. Assuming surgery is needed, Bakhtiari may have a tough time gaining clearance ahead of Week 1 of the 2021 season, though he should be ready to contribute at some point during the upcoming campaign. The 29-year-old became the highest-paid offensive lineman just over a month and a half ago, when he inked a four-year, $103.5 million contract extension with Green Bay.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bakhtiari is believed to have suffered a torn ACL at Friday's practice.
Bakhtiari likely is undergoing a battery of tests to figure out extent of the damage in his knee, but in any case his loss is a tough one for the Packers offense. When Bakhtiari sat out Weeks 7 through 9 earlier this season due to a chest issue, Billy Turner slotted in at left tackle for Green Bay.
Bakhtiari has signed a four-year extension with the Packers, who offered him $23 million per season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bakhtiari becomes the highest-paid offensive lineman in league history on a per-year basis, a well-deserved honor for a player with three Pro Bowl nods over the past four seasons. The one-time All-Pro had missed Green Bay's preceding three games with a chest injury entering Week 10, but he was able to suit up Sunday against the Jaguars after contributing a week of full practice participation. The 2013 fourth-round draft choice has turned himself into a star lineman in the NFL, and he will now be responsible for protecting the blind side of Green Bay quarterbacks through 2024.
Bakhtiari (chest) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.
Bakhtiari missed the past three games with the chest issue, but appears on track to return to the lineup. Now healthy, expect the veteran to assume his usual starting left tackle role, protecting Aaron Rodgers' blind side for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Bakhtiari (chest) is inactive for Thursday's game against the 49ers.
Bakhtiari will miss his third straight game due to a lingering chest injury. The Packers stand to once again slot Billy Turner over to left tackle while Rick Wagner anchors the right side of the offensive line.
Bakhtiari (chest) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Minnesota.
With the one-time All-Pro slated to miss his second consecutive contest after sustaining his chest injury during a Week 6 loss to the Buccaneers, Green Bay is forced to reshuffle its front five. Last Sunday with Bakhtiari unavailable to face the Texans, Green Bay shifted Billy Turner to left tackle and inserted Rick Wagner as the starter on the right side.
Bakhtiari (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Texans.
Bakhtiari entered the weekend doubtful and was predictably downgraded after missing a full week of practice. This will be just the seventh game Bakhtiari has missed over seven years in the league. Rick Wagner or Billy Turner is expected to start at left tackle against a fierce Texans pass rush.
Bakhtiari (chest) is considered doubtful to play Sunday against the Texans.
Bakhtiari has started every game since the beginning of the 2018 season, and the Packers' offensive front will be severely downgraded without the All-Pro left tackle in the picture. Either Rick Wagner or Billy Turner is expected to start at left tackle in Bakhtiari's place.
Coach Matt LaFleur said Sunday that he doesn't have any short- or long-term concerns about Bakhtiari's chest injury, Matt Schneidman reports.
Bakhtiari was forced out of Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Buccaneers in the second half, when he was downgraded to out after having initially been listed as questionable to return. The star left tackle's next chance to retake the field will come Oct. 25 in Houston, but if he were forced to miss any time, the Packers would rely on Rick Wagner to start.
Bakhtiari (chest) is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Bakhtiari was initially listed as questionable after being forced out with a chest injury in the third quarter, but he's now been downgraded to out. The Packers will hope to get the Pro Bowl left tackle back against the Texans on Oct. 25.
Bakhtiari (chest) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Olivia Reiner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Bakhtiari was forced off the field during the third quarter. If the All-Pro left tackle isn't able to return Sunday, Rick Wagner will remain in Green Bay's starting lineup.
Bakhtiari started all 18 games for the Packers in 2019.
For the second straight season and the third time in four years, Bakhtiari started every game for the Packers. The 28-year-old protected Aaron Rodgers' blindside well and earned his second Pro Bowl bid as a result. He'll retain his starting role in 2020, the final year of his contract.
Bakhtiari (back) is officially listed as active for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Bakhtiari was dealing with a back injury late in the week at practice, and, as evidenced by this news, it isn't serious enough to hold him out. He'll slot in at his usual spot at left tackle.
Bakhtiari (back) is planning to play in Sunday's home game against the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bakhtiari popped up on the injury report earlier in the week with a sore back, but, as evidenced by this news, is expected to be fine. His availablity will reinforce the offensive line, especially on Aaron Rodgers' blind side.
Bakhtiari (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Bakhtiari said his back was "just not cooperating." Bakhtiari's absence would hinder the team's offense, so his availability is important to keep an eye on Sunday.
Bakhtiari practiced Friday after missing Thursday's practice with a back injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Bakhtiari's absence Thursday left his status for Week 2 up in the air -- not ideal for for the effectiveness of the Packers' offense against a stout Vikings defense -- but his presence Friday puts him on track to take the field in Week 2.
Bakhtiari started Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens.
Bakhtiari suffered a hip injury in Week 17 last season, but he has not experienced any issues since. He was held out of the Packers' first exhibition game along with most of the starters, but with him able to take the field Thursday, consider him good to go for Week 1.