Report: Packers LT David Bakhtiari had another knee surgery, could be back late in season

·2 min read

Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari has spent the last 11 months recovering from a torn ACL and surgery to reconstruct his knee, and while there was some optimism that he could be back soon, he's not quite ready yet.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday that Bakhtiari "recently" had another surgery on his knee, but could be back late in the season.

The best news came from Mike Garofalo, who reported that Bakhtiari is feeling "much better" after his knee procedure and could be good to go in December. 

Bakhtiari's practice window opened up in late October, and the Packers activated him from the physically unable to perform list on Nov. 10. However, he missed a number of practices last week and there hadn't been any word on his status. Now we know why: He needed another surgery to clean out his knee.

Bakhtiari coming back in the next few weeks is perfect timing for the Packers. When he went down in Dec. 2020, Elgton Jenkins stepped up and has started in his place ever since (save for a few games Jenkins was out due to an ankle injury). Jenkins has been a great replacement, but now they're without him too. He tore his ACL in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings and is out for the rest of the season. 

All reports point to Bakhtiari being back in December, after the Packers' Week 13 bye. If that holds, Green Bay will have to find a solution for their Week 12 game against the Los Angeles Rams. At this point, it seems like it'll be Yosh Nijman, their third-string option. 

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting