Born on September 30, 1991, David Afrasiab Assad Bakhtiari plays an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers (NFL). His college football career at Colorado ended with his fourth-round selection by the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft.
David Bakhtiari, a top left tackle for the Green Bay Packers, has been on the sidelines thus far this season. No, it doesn’t look like he’ll make his debut this Sunday.
On Wednesday, the team got back to work in the gym. Not once was the five-time All-Pro spotted playing throughout the preseason. For Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Matt LaFleur has confirmed he is questionable to play.
The Packers’ head coach, as quoted by the La Crosse Tribune, said, “I have no idea.” Later, LaFleur elaborated, “We’re going to take it one day at a time and see where we’re at on Sunday. At this point, I refuse to allow such thoughts into my head.
Yosh Nijman has taken over at tackle in place of the seasoned vet. The Packers signed the 26-year-old free agency after the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.
The Packers will not be making any drastic adjustments, according to LaFleur. If Nijman, then 26 years old, is needed to start the season for the third time, he has full faith in him.
We won’t be changing our strategy in the least. There are, of course, things you might improve upon, but I think Yosh has done really well for us in the starting role. The Packers’ head coach has said, “With Yosh playing as he has, there’s not a lot that would alter when it comes to that position.”
The team’s original goal was for Bakhtiari to return for the season opener. We all know that didn’t occur. However, the Packers would like to get their five-time All-Pro back in the fold as soon as possible, even though Nijman has held his own.
Having missed the first six games of the 2021 season, Bakhtiari will begin that year on the reserve/PUP list. On November 10, 2021, the day before the Green Bay Packers Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks, he was activated. His regular season was derailed, though, when he was designated inactive for the remaining games.
The Packers activated Bakhtiari for the first time since Week 16 of the previous season on January 9, 2022, in advance of their season finale against the Detroit Lions. Before Yosh Nijman, the third-string left tackle took over for the rest of the game, Bakhtiari played 20 snaps in the first half.
With a conference-best 13-4 record, the Packers received a first-round bye and met the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The Packers made Bakhtiari inactive for the game on game day, with starting right tackle Billy Turner moving to the left tackle position after missing time with an injury.