Packers place Bakhtiari on IR with knee injury
The Green Bay Packers placed left tackle David Bakhtiari on injured reserve due to a knee injury, the team announced Thursday.
By landing on IR, the 31-year-old will miss at least four games. His status for the remainder of the season is unclear, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Bakhtiari started in Week 1 but hasn't played since.
Injuries have been a big issue for the 2013 fourth-round pick in recent years. He hasn't played a full season since 2019. Bakhtiari suffered a torn ACL in December 2020 and didn't play again until Week 18 of the 2021 campaign. He battled multiple ailments while starting 11 games in 2022.
When healthy, Bakhtiari is one of football's premier left tackles. The Colorado product has earned two first-team All-Pro berths and three Pro Bowl nods since entering the NFL. He's started 131 games in 10-plus seasons in the league.
Second-year tackle Rasheed Walker replaced Bakhtiari in two games this year and is expected to protect quarterback Jordan Love's blind side for the foreseeable future. He allowed only two pressures while committing two penalties in two starts this season, according to PFF.