Bakhtiari inactive, Tretter starts at LT
Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari will be inactive for today's NFC wild-card playoff game at Washington, and JC Tretter will start in his place.
Tretter is the team's backup center, a position he was drafted in the fourth round to play in 2013. He has not played left tackle this season, and at 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds is undersized for the position. However, it's the position Tretter played in college at Cornell University. His speed and athleticism gives Tretter an ability to keep up with speed rushers off the edge, even if his lack of size makes it a challenge to anchor.
Bakhtiari will be inactive for the third straight week after starting the first 35 games of his career. He has been out with a sprained ankle suffered near the end of the Packers game at the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 20. Bakhtiari was listed as questionable entering Sunday.
Washington's unique pass rush could be a benefit to the Packers. Top pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan (9 sacks) and the team's best pass-rushing defensive lineman (Chris Baker, 6 sacks) rush mostly from the left side of a defense, away from the left tackle.
Packers cornerback Sam Shields will join Bakhtiari on the inactive list. Shields, the team's top corner, has not played since leaving the Packers game against the Dallas Cowboys with a concussion Dec. 13. He was listed as out on the team's adjusted Saturday injury report.
Here is the full list of Packers inactives at Washington:
7 QB Brett Hundley
37 CB Sam Shields
69 T David Bakhtiari
79 G Josh Walker
80 TE Justin Perillo
86 TE Kennard Backman
91 LB Jayrone Elliott