Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari is active and available to play for Matt LaFleur’s team on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bakhtiari, a five-time All-Pro, is expected to start at left tackle, where he’s started 119 games since entering the NFL as a fourth-round pick in 2013.
Sunday’s return in Tampa Bay marks a significant and important step in a long and arduous journey back to the field for Bakhtiari.
He had a first surgery and missed the rest of the 2020 season, but a nightmare recovery road in 2021 and into this past offseason included multiple setbacks and two more surgeries.
Bakhtiari returned and played 27 snaps in the season finale in Detroit last year. His knee didn’t respond well, he missed the Packers’ playoff loss to the 49ers and then needed another operation this offseason.