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Packers show support for star offensive lineman set to make season debut


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The Green Bay Packers should get a huge boost to their offensive line on Sunday.

First-team All Pro offensive tackle David Bakhtiari will make his season debut this weekend against the Buccaneers in Tampa.

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Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) plays during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay, Wis.
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In honor of his return, several members of the Packers donned Bakhtiari t-shirts as they boarded their plane to Tampa.

Bakhtiari has had persistent knee issues since tearing his ACL in practice leading up to Week 17 in 2020. He’s only played in one regular season game – the last for the Packers – Last year. He did not play in the NFC Divisional Round game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Bakhtiari signed a four-year contract worth $105.5 million in November 2020 shortly before being named to the All-Pro first team for the second time in his career, making him the player richest offensive lineman in NFL history.

November 1, 2015;  Denver, Colorado, USA;  Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari (69) leaves the sideline late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Mile High.  The Broncos defeated the Packer 29-10.

November 1, 2015; Denver, Colorado, USA; Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari (69) leaves the sideline late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Packer 29-10.
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The 30-year-old (he turns 31 on Friday) was drafted by the University of Colorado Packers in the fourth round. He signed a four-year extension just after Week 1 of the 2016 season, his first extension with the team.

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) in the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field.  Green Bay won 22-21.

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) in the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 22-21.
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Bakhtiari has had three knee surgeries, the last before OTAs this offseason. It’s been a long road, but Aaron Rodgers and Co. now have all the help they can ask for.

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