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David Bakhtiari avoids serious injury, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix evaluated for concussion

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy revealed some good news about his starting left tackle during Monday's press conference.

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The Green Bay Packers could use some good news after their stunning 18-16 loss to the Detroit Lions, and it appears they got some from the medical staff. According to head coach Mike McCarthy, starting left tackle David Bakhtiari avoided a serious injury Sunday after leaving the game early with an apparent knee injury.

This season has proved a trying one for Bakhtiari, who missed most of the preseason with a different knee injury and has subsequently struggled against pass rushers more often then during his breakout 2014 campaign. McCarthy didn't provide a timetable for how long the offensive tackle could sit out, but the Packers should have him back in the not-too-distant future.

On defense, the team could play without Ha Ha Clinton-Dix next week against the Minnesota Vikings. Clinton-Dix left the field Sunday with a head injury, and McCarthy confirmed that the safety was evaluated for a concussion. However, the coach said Clinton-Dix "looked good" on Monday, so a return for the Vikings game cannot be ruled out.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.