As if a 31-point swing in the wrong direction wasn’t bad enough, the Green Bay Packers saw one of their most important players leave the game in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari was injured on the team’s first offensive series of the third quarter. It appeared that Bakhtiari tripped over H-back John Lovett during a run play to the left side, and the eight-year veteran stayed on the ground for a few minutes before getting up. Bakhtiari was able to walk off the field on his own power, but was visibly uncomfortable and grimacing as he did so. The team announced him as questionable to return with a chest injury.
The Packers brought former Wisconsin Badgers lineman Rick Wagner in at Bakhtiari’s spot to finish the drive, which ended two plays later with a poor throw by Aaron Rodgers on third down. Wagner remained on the field to start the next series as well.
Bakhtiari has missed just six games in his NFL career to this point, most recently in 2017. Stay tuned for more updates as we learn more.
UPDATE: Late in the third quarter, the Packers ruled Bakhtiari out for the remainder of the game.