Green Bay Packers starting left tackle David Bakhtiari has missed practice this week with a sore knee and looks like he won’t play in the team’s second preseason game.
However, Bakhtiari says he’ll be ready for the regular season, which, if he plays like he did in the Packers’ first preseason game, might not even matter.
Bakhtiari gave up two sacks in that game and the general consensus was he played terribly.
He says the knee injury was the reason for that performance.
“It doesn’t feel like my normal knee,” Bakhtiari said. “So we’re taking the right precautions to make sure it gets back to feeling like my normal knee.”
How much rest Bakhtiari will need remains to be seen. The Packers haven’t put a timetable on his return.
In the meantime, they will turn to Don Barclay, who’s been a regular starter at right tackle in the past, but missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Barclay didn’t have a great first preseason game either.
If Bakhtiari were to miss time in the regular season, the Packers would likely move Bryan Bulaga to left tackle and go with Barclay at right.
The good news is, with what appears to be one of the deepest lines in memory, the Packers have some options.
After watching Aaron Rodgers get hit over and over again for what seemed like an eternity, and with the fact that his injuries have starting to pile up it sure is good to see the offensive line molding together this well.
You see this all the time after a player has a poor performance. They blame it on an injury