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Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari has appeared in only one game since suffering a torn ACL 20 months ago, but he’s hoping to be fully healthy for the 2022 season.
Bakhtiari told reporters Monday he believes he is able to be expected to start out Sunday contrary to the Minnesota Vikings.
“Yeah, After all, I’m on the active [roster] exactly like other people,” he said.
Bakhtiari participated in 11-on-11 drills Monday, which he reportedly did since training camp ended. He missed a lot of the offseason program and was activated from the physically struggling to perform list a month or more ago.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, Bakhtiari tore his left ACL Dec. 31, 2020. He missed the 2021 season before appearing in last year’s regular-season finale, but he didn’t finish the overall game. He said he experienced complications and was turn off for the postseason.
This offseason, Bakhtiari underwent his third knee surgery since suffering the injury. On Monday, he said he’s confident he’s fully recovered.
“I could get through the growing season,” Bakhtiari said. “It will likely be fine. You need to just manage while playing.
“I’m just getting back the swing of things. So, After all, I believe there’s normal rust and new normal with three surgeries, so just sort of working that out and determining what my routine is.”
Bakhtiari’s return is surely a welcome sight for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’ll be pleased to have his stalwart left tackle back again to protect his blindside.