Packers take the cautious approach with David Bakhtiari
David Bakhtiari recovering from a torn ACL in time for Week 1 always looked a long shot, it was just a matter of whether he’d begin the season the PUP list or not. The answer was yes, meaning the All-Pro left tackle will have to sit out of the opening six weeks of the season.
Green Bay is known for being cautious when it comes to bringing players back from injury, and that’s the way to go here. Bakhtiari is so important to the success of the offensive line. Getting him back early would be great, but the Packers need him down the stretch and into the playoffs should they make it that far. With extra time to recover, Bakhtiari doesn’t need to rush back.
In the meantime, Green Bay has good depth.
Elgton Jenkins, a Pro Bowl guard last season, has shown he’s more than just a capable left tackle, he could be a Pro Bowler there too.
In terms of depth, the Packers are well covered at tackle. Jenkins and Billy Turner will likely be the starters, but Dennis Kelly, Yosh Nijman, and Royce Newman can cover, while Ben Braden is on the practice squad.
The Packers have strong depth along the offensive line, and a key part of that is their versatility.