The Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers are on a 4-1 record heading into Week 7 of the ongoing NFL season. Barring last weekend’s 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers have been largely impressive in their second season under Matt LaFleur.
Aaron Rodgers, in particular, has been making some big plays ever since the league kicked off in September. A big reason behind Rodgers’ dominance was the performance of his O-line, which included star LT David Bakhtiari.
Bakhtiari was a fourth-round pick at the 2013 NFL draft event. He has started in 111 games for the Packers and is widely regarded as one of the ‘leaders’ in the team dressing.
However, it appears that the Wisconsin-based franchise will be without Bakhtiari as they inch closer to their bout against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
David Bakhtiari’s 3-year-long streak comes to an end
Packers LT David Bakhtiari (chest) did not travel to Houston. He will miss his first game since 2017 and just the seventh of his eight-year career. https://t.co/6hxX0wf4Dm
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 24, 2020
Head Coach Matt LaFleur will be disappointed that he won’t be able to count upon the services of offensive tackle David Bakhtiari.
The 29-year-old will miss out on the clash against the Deshaun Watson-led Houston Texans with a chest injury. As mentioned above, he has not traveled with the rest of the Packers squad to Houston for tomorrow’s game at the NRG Stadium.
This will be the first Packers game that Bakhtiari will not participate in since 2017. In fact, this will be just the seventh game he will miss out on in his seven-year stint with the Wisconsin-based franchise.
Potential players to replace Bakhtiari in the offensive line are Rick Wagner, Elgton Jenkins, Billy Turner, and Yosh Nijman. Among these 4, Turner is most likely to get the nod for Sunday’s game in Texas.
All eyes will be on the great Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. The 2-time NFL MVP suffered a forgettable outing against the Buccaneers last weekend, where he threw 2 interceptions (1 pick-six) in the first half itself.
Along with Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill, Rodgers is also in contention for the NFL MVP award. Rodgers has 1,300+ yards to his name with 13 passing TDs from 5 games. Will he lead the Packers to the Super Bowl this season?