Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari surprises coach Matt LaFleur with return to practice

GREEN BAY, Wis. — It was a muggy, foggy day as the Green Bay Packers began preparations Wednesday for the Baltimore Ravens. As players jogged onto the practice field, a round of applause arose, originating from the offensive line unit.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has been steadily recovering from an ACL tear but has yet to appear in a game this season, was taking part in reps for the first time in more than a month.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t entirely confident Bakhtiari would be present for practice Wednesday. During his news conference shortly before practice, LaFleur said this about the three injured players (cornerback Jaire Alexander, edge rusher Za’Darius Smith and Bakhtiari): “Just taking it a day at a time and when they’re ready to go, they’ll be out there. So you know, hopefully, I think Jaire will be out there for some (individual) but those other guys will not.”

When practice kicked off later that afternoon however, Bakhtiari was running on the field with his teammates. He was officially listed on the practice report as a limited participant. Wednesday’s practice was technically a walk-through, so there weren’t many opportunities for strenuous activity.

Bakhtiari’s status for Sunday’s game against Baltimore is still unknown, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers is excited about the possibility of the Pro Bowler’s return.

“That’d be nice to get the big giraffe back out there,” Rodgers aid. “He’s obviously gone through a lot in his rehab and there’s been definitely some low days for him; and some contrasting better days. And I think he’s in a lot better place now than when he was trying to come back the first time.

“So that’s exciting. He seems to be feeling a lot better with his knee and his recovery and that’d be great to have him back.”

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