As the Green Bay Packers continue to run the gauntlet of tough defenses to begin the 2019 season, the last thing they need is for the offensive line to get hurt.
Worse yet, they don’t need their best offensive lineman hurt.
That very well could be the case as left tackle David Bakhtiari was held out of practice on Thursday with back injuries. By missing practice, Bakhtiari’s status for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings is officially up in the air.
While losing the best left tackle in football against a formidable Minnesota defensive line is bad, there’s also no idea what the offensive line would look like without number 69.
Would Bryan Bulaga move to left tackle, Billy Turner to right tackle where he has experience and then bring in Elgton Jenkins at guard? Or do the Packers trust Lucas Patrick or Alex Light enough?
It’s a mystery that will require a solution before Sunday if Bakhtiari is unable and regardless the outcome won’t be as good if the veteran misses the game. Bakhtiari is arguably the second or third most important player on offense behind Aaron Rodgers and either just ahead or behind Davante Adams depending on your opinion.
Let’s hope this was all precautionary and Bakhtiari suits up for the home opener.
Now onto today’s curds.
David Bakhtiari’s uncertain status creates air of mystery on Packers’ offensive line—PackersNews.com
I’d rather not know the outcome of this mystery because it means Bakhtiari is playing but the depth of line will face an immediate test if he is unable to go.
New Packers linebacker B.J. Goodson proving to be quick study—Packers.com
B.J. Goodson only saw special teams action last week against Chicago but that should change with dangerous running back Dalvin Cook coming to town.
The first 20: How Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers create Packers’ game plan—ESPN
Here’s an interesting look at the much ballyhooed working relationship between the Packers’ coach and quarterback. The scripting of plays is similar yet still different than what Rodgers experienced under Mike McCarthy.
Stand or sit? Debate gets a rise out of Packers fans as team tries to fire up Lambeau—Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
Where do you stand (or sit) on this issue, Packers fans? It’s hard to dispute the fact that the Lambeau home field advantage isn’t what it used to be.
Just not cricket: Australian charged $68,000 for a beer in Britain—Reuters
At that price, that beer should give you superpowers.