The Packers have already seen a starter go down on defense. Now, they have to wonder whether they’ve lost another on the offensive side of the ball. During Saturday’s family night event, starting left tackle David Bakhtiari left practice on a cart with an apparent injury to his left ankle.
Bakhtiari suffered the injury during a team drill, leaving for the locker room soon after receiving medical attention on the sideline. After he departed, third-year offensive lineman Kyle Murphy filled in at left tackle. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did not immediately comment on the severity of Bakhtiari’s injury after the practice.
Family night has cost the Packers a starting offensive tackle in the past. In 2013, Bryan Bulaga suffered a torn ACL and missed the entire season. That injury led to Bakhtiari’s ascension from a fourth-round draft pick to franchise cornerstone as Aaron Rodgers’ blindside protector.
It remains unclear how much time Bakhtiari will miss with his injury, though any time missed by the second-team All-Pro offensive tackle would have significant ramifications for the Packers offense. Last year, Bakhtiari lost multiple games with a hamstring injury. In earlier seasons, Bakhtiari suffered and played through a high-ankle sprain.