Packers coach LaFleur: Bakhtiari out for the season

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 1:43 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur has confirmed that All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari is out for the season.

Multiple reports state Bakhtiari suffered a torn ACL during practice on Thursday. It’s a devastating hit to the offensive line as the Packers mount a Super Bowl run.

“Dave will be out the rest of this season. It’s just one of those unfortunate freak things that happens sometimes in practice. It was certainly nobody’s fault. It was a freaky deal. It’s tough to replace a guy of that caliber. You are talking about a premier left tackle in this league. You feel so bad for Dave for all the work and everything he pours into this job. But like I told our players, no one is going to be nobody that feels sorry for us as a football team,” LaFleur told the media Friday.

Bahktiari missed three games earlier this season due to a chest injury. Offensive lineman Billy Turner started in his place at left tackle. Recently crowned Pro Bowl guard Elgton Jenkins has also filled in for Bahktiari.

“It’s still kind of in the grieving process for me,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “Obviously, him and I joke with each other a lot. We are close friends. The three of us, including Tae [Davante Adams], have a great bond, and friends with Big Dog [Marcedes Lewis] as well. It’s just tough to see a guy go down like that at practice and you’re hoping for the best. And I got a call from him yesterday late in the afternoon, was hoping for good news. Didn’t get it. So you got to move on, but right now it’s still a little raw and sad, hurting for Dave.”

The Packers (12-3) travel to Chicago (8-7) to face the Bears on Sunday afternoon at 3:25 PM.

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