Packers: Aaron Rodgers doesn’t expect David Bakhtiari return this week

Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers doesn’t believe All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari will make his return from injury this week.

Green Bay Packers MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is always a great listen on the weekly ‘Pat McAfee Show’ during the season.

During his weekly appearance on the show on Tuesday, he was asked about the status of All-Pro tackle David Bakhtiari, who is yet to play this season after tearing his ACL late in 2020.

Packers fans have been awaiting the return of their possible future Hall-of-Fame tackle, but it seems the wait will have to go on a little longer. Rodgers doesn’t expect Bakhtiari to be playing this Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

“I don’t think he’s coming back this week,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think that’s gonna happen, but you never know.”

It’s not a surprise. First, the Packers need to get him back at practice. He didn’t practice at all two weeks ago in the buildup to the game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Earlier this week, head coach Matt LaFleur said there was a possibility he could return to practice this week. So we’ll see.

There’s also no need to rush bringing him back. The Packers’ offensive line has been just fine this season. It becomes that much tougher without Elgton Jenkins available, but this offense can still be very good between now and the end of the regular season.

When they will need Bakhtiari most is in the playoffs. They missed him badly in last year’s NFC Championship Game. A rematch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is very possible this upcoming winter.

Having Bakhtiari available again will certainly help this offense improve. While we may get to see the All-Pro back in action in the near future, it doesn’t seem like his return will be happening this week.