Practice 14: Bakhtiari Hurt Before Pats Game

Left tackle David Bakhtiari wouldn't speak in specifics about his ailing knee but he likes his odds of being ready for Week 1.

David Bakhtiari, the Green Bay Packers’ solid third-year left tackle, was reluctant to discuss whatever it is that’s wrong with his knee, an injury that has kept him from practicing this week and likely will keep him out of Sunday’s preseason game at Pittsburgh.

“It doesn’t feel like my normal knee,” he said on Thursday. “We’re taking the right precautions to make sure it gets back to feeling like my normal knee.”

Bakhtiari said the knee was bothering him going into the New England game last Thursday, when he allowed two sacks. Nonetheless, he played all 33 snaps with the No. 1 offense.

“If you don’t see normal David Bakhtiari, then what do you see?” Bakhtiari said when asked if he felt like his normal self in that game. “I’m not going to answer your question, but you can paint your own picture. Build a puzzle. You guys can figure it out. You guys are smart. You all have degrees, right?”

In his first two seasons, Bakhtiari started all 35 possible games. That’s “pretty good odds,” he said, that he’ll be ready to roll when the season opens at Chicago on Sept. 13.

In the meantime, Don Barclay figures to get the start at Pittsburgh. He struggled as the second-team right tackle against New England but the man whose blind side he will be protecting didn’t sound concerned.

“Don’s a great player,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “He’s come a long way getting back from his ACL. It’s a tough injury. I went through it a long time ago, about 11 or 12 years ago. But I think you come back stronger, and I think Donnie’s looked really strong. He’s a natural left tackle. There’s one point we had a couple years ago where our starting five on the offensive line had all been left tackles in college. I don’t think that’s a position he feels uncomfortable in. I think he feels very good at left tackle. Like anybody playing a different position, you’re going to want to give him some help at times, some body presence. But we expect him to play well, and Donnie can do a lot of things for us. He can play really all five of the positions on the offensive line and that makes him a very invaluable person to our team.”


Old injuries: WR Javess Blue (shoulder), CB Demetri Goodson (calf), CB Kyle Sebetic (ankle), S Morgan Burnett (personal), LT David Bakhtiari (knee), DT Mike Daniels (ankle), TE Justin Perillo (concussion), WR Jared Abbrederis (concussion).

Linebacker Clay Matthews was in full pads and did the opening walk-through but didn't take any 11-on-11 reps. Sebetic arrived in full pads during practice but didn't participate.

New injuries: None.

Returned: CB Tay Glover-Wright (hamstring).


There is no practice on Friday and no public practice on Saturday leading to Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, which is set for a noon kickoff. Only three open-to-the-public practices remain.


Mason Crosby’s streak of 28 consecutive field goals (27 at practice, one vs. New England) came to an end when he missed wide right from 33 yards. The ball was centered so it was the equivalent of the new extra point. “That’s the first kick I think he’s missed with Tim (Masthay) holding,” special teams coordinator Ron Zook correctly observed. “He was warming up at the other end and it was a pretty good wind. And then when you come up and kick in front of the (Don Hutson Center), the wind is completely different. Like he said, ‘I should have put it right down the middle.’ He knew exactly what happened. He made the rest of them. … Masthay had a rough day punting, with several ugly kicks that were neither deep or with hang time. Zook, however, wasn’t concerned. “I think his leg was probably a little bit tired. He punted a lot earlier inside but it wasn’t an awful day. I was more concerned that he didn’t directional punt quite as well, and a lot of that had to do with the wind. I just told him to get the ball off because we were working on pressure and protection so I was more concerned about him just getting the ball off. We had one guy run into him. It was one of his own guys on the punt team. That’s the thing that you worry a little bit about when you’re trying to do that but I think you have to do that with your protection because otherwise the first time they see a full-out rush is in a game situation. We tried to simulate that as much as we could today.” With Micah Hyde replacing Burnett at safety, the nickel package typically consisted of Sam Shields at one corner, Casey Hayward in the slot and undrafted rookie LaDarius Gunter – not top picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins – at the other corner. … In the one-on-ones, Julius Peppers beat Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga had been 11-0 in the drill.


On throwing jump-ball passes to receiver Davante Adams: “We don’t play that way. Jump balls are for basketball. If you’ve got a one-on-one situation and based on other factors involved, you may want to call it a 50-50 ball, but I don’t view it as us just dropping back and throwing it up and hoping he can jump up and get it. He’s a great athlete. I think he’s had a heck of a camp, and I’m looking for big things from Davante.”

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