The Inexperienced Bay Packers reportedly suffered an enormous loss because the staff prepares for his or her regular-season finale in opposition to the Chicago Bears. On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community reported that Packers star left sort out David Bakhtiari suffered a season-ending knee harm in observe. The assumption is that he tore his ACL, which is able to sadly trigger Bakhtiari to overlook the Packers’ 2020 postseason run. Bakhtiari was a shock addition to the Thursday harm report, because the Packers mentioned that he was a restricted participant with a knee harm, however the staff supplied no different particulars.
In November, Bakhtiari agreed to a four-year extension value as much as $105.5 million. The deal made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in league historical past with a median base wage of $23 million. Bakhtiari was initially drafted by the Packers within the fourth spherical of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Colorado, and has made three Professional Bowls. This season was simply the third in his profession the place he failed to start out in all 16 video games.
Bakhtiari has been among the finest pass-blocking tackles within the NFL this season. In accordance with PFF, he has allowed only one sack on 420 snaps when defending Aaron Rodgers within the pocket.
Rodgers is definitely going to overlook having the All-Professional sort out defending his blind facet, however as Rapoport notes, the Packers do have some choices with regards to changing him. Proper sort out Billy Turner, left guard Elgton Jenkins or Rick Wagner may step up. Regardless, it is a big blow to a Packers staff that has their sights set on successful a Lombardi Trophy.