GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL at practice on Thursday, according to a report by the NFL Network.
The belief is Bakhtiari tore the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in one of his knees. An MRI would be needed to confirm if it is indeed a torn ACL.
Bakhtiari appeared on the injury report this afternoon as a limited participant with a knee injury. That means he suffered the injury after the portion of practice open to the media.
Multiple reports have since confirmed the Packers fear it is a torn ACL.
Bakhtiari signed a contract extension back on November 15th for $105.5 million dollars over four years. Thus making Bakhtiari the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.
The protector of Aaron Rodgers blindside has been the anchor of a Packers offensive line that has fought it’s fair share of injuries this season. That includes when Bakhtiari missed time earlier this season due to a chest injury he suffered against Tampa Bay.
During time Bakhtiari was replaced at left tackle by Billy Turner, who has also spent time at right tackle this season while replacing Rick Wagner.
Wagner was a limited participant in practice on Thursday as he works through his own knee injury. Having to replace him at right tackle would cause more shuffling along the Packers offensive line for the week 17 match-up against the Bears, and possibly beyond.
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