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LT David Bakhtiari carted off field at Family Night with ankle injury

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LT David Bakhtiari carted off field at Family Night with ankle injury

-- The Green Bay Packers may have suffered a potentially devastating blow to their offensive line during their annual Family Night scrimmage.

During team drills, All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari suffered an ankle injury that caused him to limp off the field and eventually, get carted to the locker room.

Backup tackle Kyle Murphy replaced Bakhtiari while Jason Spriggs handled reps at right tackle in place of Bryan Bulaga, who returned to practice for the first time on Friday since tearing his ACL in November.

Bulaga's situation hasn't worsened, but the Packers are likely easing him back into action and taking a conservative approach with the ninth-year lineman.

Bakhtiari, however, could spell a horrific scenario for the Packers.

Not only has Bakhtiari ascended to being one of the league's top pass-protecting tackles, but he's arguably one of the top three most valuable players on the Packers' roster. When it comes to protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers' blindside, spare no expense.

According to Aaron Nagler of, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Bakhtiari was dealing with an ankle injury and that was all he knew.

The Packers had 10 players not practicing for Family Night.


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Bert's picture

Losing Bak for any length of time would hurt. Guys like him aren't just walking around waiting for the phone to ring and we have nobody even close on the roster. Let's hope it's not too serious and he'll be at least ready for the season opener.

Tundraboy's picture

Let's pray. For Christ's sake. Just started checking today's news,reading Kramers speech with a big smile on my face, and boom! Another Packer injury report. Could barely savor the good news about Bulaga for more than a day!. Sigh. Along with Yanks losing to Eovaldi , I'm not having a good night. Better days ahead. Just a rough patch.

GBPDAN1's picture

It never ends...Packers injuries! Why play one of the top 3 players on the team on family night? Bak is good enough that some practice time, and then playing the first half of the 3rd preseason game would have him ready for the opener (like they do with Rodgers). What bothers me more is the injury happened towards the end of the event. He should have been pulled by then.

I hope this is just a sprain.

I bleed green more's picture

Better have a deep bench injury bug is to early dang it.

GBPDAN1's picture

Just read this on another site;

" Bakhtiari remained in the locker room after practice, but there was a sense among teammates that his injury wasn’t serious. "

Which sounded better then the first sentence on this site ;

" The Green Bay Packers may have suffered a potentially devastating blow to their offensive line during their annual Family Night scrimmage. "

Let's hope for the best!

Nick Perry's picture

What site was that?

Edit......MJS had a piece on his injury and the feeling I got from it was they think he'll be okay....Taylor and Lindsey both THINK he'll be okay but can't say for sure until tomorrow (today).

Since '61's picture

Thanks Nick. Good post. Let's hope for the best. Since '61

Bure9620's picture

Oh Criminy.....

Dontworrygopackers's picture

bahk is as tough as daniels, it will take more than an ankle sprain to stop him. good experience for spriggs in practice next few weeks. why are they practicing with a polar bear wearing a #80 jersey? i thought only tom brady got to play with a polar bear

Tundraboy's picture

Assuming you're right, and I hope you are,this could be a blessing. Unfortunately,as usual, it takes an injury to an irreplaceable starter to force them to give the reps to other players, especially ones we need to find out more about who really need them.

Since '61's picture

A few seasons ago we lost Bulaga on family night and Bakh got his chance. Now we may have lost Bakh on family night.
Anyone else think we should bag family night?

What is the point of exposing our players to unnecessary injuries? Hopefully Bakh’s injury is not serious.
Thanks, Since ‘61

kevgk's picture

Theyre exposed to injuries all throughout camp, and Family Night helps player development according to coaches. I wouldnt hold it to a higher standard than practice.

cap'n kirk's picture

It's a televised practice, w/ fireworks at the end. Stop it.

TheBigCheeze's picture

.....keep family night......just a sprain

DraftHobbyist's picture

No, because while we deal with some injuries, the information our coaches get is invaluable. Taking away Family Night wouldn't even protect the players because they would still have to have a practice at some point. It's just that this practice simulates a game better than any other team's practice and every other team in the NFL probably wishes they could get our Family Night atmosphere for one practice.

Nick Perry's picture

It's the first thing I thought of Since '61, though I don't think I used the word bag.

Coldworld's picture

Family night is a practice with a crowd. No real difference to other practices for the players except a chance for the coaches to see young players under the lights and see how they respond. Also gives those who may not have played for big schools get a taste of Lambeau atmosphere.

Might as well say cancel training camp. Injuries are inevitable in preseason but one less practice won’t make a difference.

Hopefully we hear good news.

Demon's picture

The only positive I can see in family night is it allows some people inside Lambeau that would not be able to otherwise. With ticket prices climbing and the season ticket waiting list a family going to games is getting more difficult. I've been to a couple of them and it is great to see the wonderment in the faces of the kids.

fthisJack's picture

we talkin bout a practice, man. we talkin bout a practice...not a game. we talkin bout a practice! we talking bout a practice, man!

Oppy's picture

Since '61,
Family Night used to be an actual inter-team scrimmage between the Packers and another NFL team, with competitive live reps and tackling, albeit with players and coaches who understood that while they were going to play hard, they weren't out for blood.

That was ended under TT/MM about a decade ago (I believe) after a some big injuries, and it was turned into not much more than a glorified practice in the interests of preserving player health.

As others have noted, here really isn't anything about Family Night in its current form that makes it any more of a liability than a regular day practice on Nitschke field. It's just under the lights and in view of more people.

Demon's picture

Not to my knowledge it hasnt been. Family night has always been the intersquad scrimmage. I'd always hoped the pack would participate in the cheese leage scrimmages but, they never did.
Wass fun when the Chiefs were in River Falls the Jags in Stevens point, the Bears in Platteville, and

Oppy's picture

They did. Although I will admit, I thought they had done it for family night more than once, apparently not. I am almost sure there was a specific team they used to schedule annual scrimmages with for a few years- perhaps it wasn't on family nights- during the early 2000's.

Oppy's picture

Now this is going to really bother me. Clearly, my memory isn't quite right with the details- but I know there was a specific team (Probably AFC) that the Packers used to work with- either in specifically scheduled scrimmages, or perhaps during preseason games- where the coaching staffs agreed to certain terms for the sake of mutual good work and training getting done on the field- like going for it on 4th down in what would be otherwise improbable situations, etc, and so forth. This was taking place in the 2000's.

It was the same team for a few years straight. Does anyone have any insight into what I'm remembering? Was it the Bills?

Edit: Starting to wonder if it was the Tennessee Titans after browsing through the mid 2000's pre season schedules- Packers faced the Titans for a number of years in a row.

The TKstinator's picture

And the Saints in La Crosse.

Demon's picture

To my knowledge family night has never been inter- team. It has always been the inter-squad scrimmage. I'd often hoped that the pack would participate in the Cheese League but, they never did.
Bears... Platteville
Chiefs...River Falls
Jags... Stevens point
Saints ... La Crosse (I think)

DraftHobbyist's picture

I'm pretty hopeful this isn't long-term. We can survive this injury IMO, especially short-term, but obviously we don't want it, and Bakhtiari is a stud in our system.

PAPackerbacker's picture

I don't remember reading anywhere that the ankle injury was just an ankle sprain. Let's hope that's all it is. Why do the Packers have so many injuries every year? Bakhtiari is a player that can not be replaced. Far to many injuries already and the season hasn't even started yet. With all the coaching changes made this year perhaps it isn't to late to consider replacing conditioning coaches as well. Are other teams experiencing this many injuries every season? Maybe they are and I don't realize it.

Coldworld's picture

His foot got caught underneath him from what I have heard. That happens in football.

Not sure that is something any conditioning coach can have much impact on either way.

PAPackerbacker's picture

It's not just this injury but the many that seem to crop up every year.

Tarynfor12's picture

" Are other teams experiencing this many injuries every season? Maybe they are and I don't realize it."

They do...the difference is other teams seem to have a more seamless transition with there backups.

CJ Bauckham's picture

Every team is more seamless? I would imagine it only seems that way because we aren't all reading other team's blogs and bickering with each other about the quality of their backups

Tarynfor12's picture

Other not every and as to who's arguing about such on other blogs is's what they do on the field that either supports or doesn't my opinion and my opinion is what I said...other teams, not every.

I guess you're more of the thinking that no team does anything better than the Packers.

WKUPackFan's picture

Identify each and every "other team" you are referring to and state exactly how those specific team's transitions to their backups are more seamless than the Packers.

Tarynfor12's picture

Pitt, Phil last couple, NE,Sea up to last season,Minn, Ari, Atl, NO,....I'll stop there as mentioning a couple of others may get you ignorantly defensive.

We haven't had decent play from...backup....QB, TE,RB, OLB, ILB, entire secondary off and on, WR.

When Rodgers is healthy he covers much of it up but defense still fails, and when Rodgers is out, the shit storm is ridiculous. We have had to many questionable starters to say our backups are better than realistic.

CJ Bauckham's picture

Haha, ok

(@ Taryn)

The TKstinator's picture

Are other teams more seamless?
Or is GB more seamfull?
Is anything what it seams? (Seems)

Is the grass greener on the other side?
Or only on some of the other sides, while the greenness of the grass on our side is underrated?

This is really time well spent.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m getting back in my time machine and returning to what I was up to two minutes ago.

The TKstinator's picture

Increasingly bovine.

Bearmeat's picture

CW isn't the Bovine. They don't have the same writing style and I've actually seen CW admit someone else had a better point before. Cow never did that. Actually, now that I mention it, there's someone else in this stream who doesn't do that ever either. ;)

The TKstinator's picture

I just meant “bovine” in terms of negativism or chicken littlehood.

I have no problem with being objective and not drinking the kool aid. What I object to is the glass ALWAYS being half empty.

You with me?

Tarynfor12's picture

I look at the glass as containing two equal parts 50/50 , not empty/full and acknowledge that which many forget is as gleaming as what they only wish to see.
Your version of empty is there's nothing bad there and only good is there and seen. I just acknowledge the bad being as visible as the good and hope for the latter to take over the former...still hoping with continued acknowledgement of the bad or as some avow to... empty.

The TKstinator's picture

1. Fans who drink the kool aid. Think GB WILL win every game and every Super Bowl.
2. Somewhere in between. Know and understand football. Take the ups with the downs. View it as entertainment, not life and death.
3. Fans who think GB is terrible. Everyone connected with the team is an idiot and they truly believe they could do a better job.

Now take those 3 descriptors and place them on a continuum with the 1 on the left, the 2 in the middle, and the 3 to the right.
I believe that if fans were placed along this axis, the distribution would form a classic bell curve; with most grouped near the middle and decreasing as you move toward either extreme.

I find the 1’s and the 3’s equally unpleasant to listen to. Thank god most of us are between 1.7 and 2.3.

Oppy's picture

None of that rhymed or was remotely funny.
I don't know you anymore.

The TKstinator's picture

Gimme another chance
I can still do this dance
My rhymes your enjoyment will enhance
Off the competition I will knock their pants

Bearmeat's picture

I resent that. I've always thought of myself as a 2.4.

The TKstinator's picture

With a Herculean effort you could be a 2.5!

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

For me, whether a glass is half empty or half full depends on what's in it and if it is sufficient to meet its intended purpose. Were I to pour 6 ounces of Galliano into a 12 ounce glass to drink while I watch the Packers play their first preseason game this Thursday, I could never think of that glass as half empty. Since I like Galliano on the rocks, by the time I put in several cubes of ice, it would more of less fill the glass, but still. Of course, 6 ounces would about equal my total intake of alcohol so far in 2018, so the Round Up might well be a trifle delayed, but all in a good cause.

CJ Bauckham's picture

After trainers evaluated him on the bench, removing his left cleat and sock, Bakhtiari was carted to the locker room. He only limped slightly and was able to walk unassisted to the cart.

Per Jsonline. That reads pretty positive; walking unassisted with an ankle injury feels less serious

Fingers crossed.

The TKstinator's picture

And to tiptoe through the tulips would be the best case scenario.

sonomaca's picture

If he’s walking, it’s probably not too serious. Even so, will probably miss two weeks.

4thand1's picture

I understand the angst with some people, especially losing AR last year. Watch the video, it looked pretty minor, then again so did Jordy's injury a few years ago. We probably won't see him in pre season which we wouldn't have anyway. He'll be there for game one.

PAPackerbacker's picture

Watching a video does not determine the extent of an injury. But I hope the injury isn't serious and he can play at the level we are accustomed to seeing him play. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Go! Pack! Go!

Fordham Ram's picture

Jason Spriggs was picked in the second round to back Bakh up, if that's the case we may as well install a revolving door at left tackle, at least that might jam once in a while. The video above does show Bahktiari's leg bending a bit, thought it was his knee. Ankles can bend, knees can't so maybe the vid isn't as bad as it seems and we dodge a bullet.

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