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Bakhtiari Eager to Face Redskins

Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari missed the final two games of the regular season with an injured ankle. The offense felt the pain of his absence.

David Bakhtiari was proud of how Josh Sitton fared in filling his spot as the Green Bay Packers’ left tackle on Sunday.

“Good. I mean, that’s tough,” Bakhtiari said of Sitton moving from left guard to left tackle to face the Vikings. “He’s a guard, and he’s a hell of a guard. He’s the best guard in the league. It’s tough to go out there and play, especially with limited reps. You get a guy that can get more practice reps, especially the kind of caliber of player that he is, you’d be just fine. But that’s a tough opponent to go against, too, as your first outing. I don’t even know when the last time that he has played tackle.”

Bakhtiari is hopeful he’ll be back at left tackle for Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game at Washington. After starting the first 46 games of his NFL career, Bakhtiari has missed the last two because of an ankle injury. The Packers lost both games and allowed almost as many sacks (14) as they scored points (21).

“We’re taking it day by day, so we’ll see,” Bakhtiari said.

Bakhtiari, who sustained the injury late in the Week 15 game at Oakland, didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday of last week. He said he was limited at practice on Saturday, then went through a pregame workout on Sunday. It was at that point the coaching and medical staffs ruled him out.

“Sucks, dude,” he said. “First time I missed a game last week and then I have to do it two weeks in a row is tough. I enjoy playing – a lot. So, it’s tough.”

As badly as Bakhtiari wanted to play, he should be in better shape for the do-or-die playoff game because he didn’t. An on-top-of-his-game Bakhtiari would be a major asset against the Redskins. Bakhtiari hasn’t allowed a sack in his last nine games. Although Washington has a mediocre pass rush, ranking No. 16 in sack percentage, Ryan Kerrigan has 9.5 and Preston Smith has 8.0. They play outside linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 scheme.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “I didn’t have any setbacks, which is nice, (by) having to play in a game. I get a head-start for this week.”

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