David Bakhtiari is taking part in pre-game activities for the Detroit Lions for the first time in over a year.
When the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions on Sunday, it is expected that the All-Pro left tackle will play his first snaps since tearing his ACL late last season. While the Packers will have nothing to gain as a team against the Lions after clinching the NFC’s top seed last week, they will have an opportunity to see how their franchise blindside blocker is progressing in his recovery before the playoffs.
In the event that Bakhtiari leaves the game with his knee feeling good, there is no reason to believe he won’t be ready to go when the Packers host the NFC Divisional Round in two weeks at Lambeau Field. Bakhtiari’s absence from the Packers’ playoff run last season was a critical factor in their failure to advance to the Super Bowl.
Injuries have kept running back Aaron Jones (knee) and inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (elbow) out of practice this week. Neither comes as a surprise after being limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the injury report released on Friday afternoon. There is no reason for the Packers to play either starter if it is a close call in a game that does not count toward playoff positioning in the NFC playoffs.
Jaire is a cornerback. Alexander has also been sidelined due to a shoulder injury that has been deemed unsalvageable. However, Alexander was listed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and did not practice until Friday after being activated late in the week. Bakhtiari, on the other hand, returned with Alexander today.
Safety Also sitting out against the Lions are defensive lineman Kingsley Keke, defensive lineman Jack Heflin, offensive lineman Jake Hanson, and defensive lineman Shawn Davis.