GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers offensive line took a hit Saturday night.
Left tackle David Bakhtiari was injured during a team period midway through the annual Family Night practice at Lambeau Field. The veteran had his left ankle looked at on the sideline and was eventually carted to the locker room.
“I saw him on the ground and didn’t really think that much of it. I thought maybe he got tripped up,” tackle Kyle Murphy said. “Then I looked back and saw him limping and getting up slowly. Thoughts to him. Hopefully it’s all good and nothing too bad.”
A second-team All-Pro the last two years, Bakhtiari missed four games last season due to injury. Prior to that, he had started 62 of 64 games in his career.
Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters right after practice that he didn’t have much information on the injury, but did confirm it was to his ankle.
In the locker room, several teammates were optimistic that the injury wasn’t too serious, including guard Lane Taylor. He told The Athletic’s Michael Cohen that while he wasn’t a 100 percent sure, he believed Bakhtiari would be fine.
When Bakhtiari went out, Murphy replaced him with the first-team offense. Last season, Murphy started three games, including one at left tackle, before a season-ending injury in late September.
“We’ll see what happens with it,” Murphy said. “In any case, the next man has to be ready to go for practice, preseason, regular season or whatever the case may be.”
Bakhtiari wasn’t the only concern. Wide receiver Randall Cobb missed practice with an ankle injury. McCarthy said it’s the same ankle that Cobb had surgery on after minicamp wrapped up in mid-June. Cobb told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky that he wasn’t overly concerned with the injury and that the team was just managing his soreness.
Green Bay will be back on the field for practice on Monday.