Bakhtiari probable to play against Cardinals
The Green Bay Packers likely will have starting left tackle David Bakhtiari available for their second go-around with the Arizona Cardinals.
Bakhtiari didn’t practice Friday, but the Packers listed him as probable going into Saturday night’s divisional playoff game. The third-year left tackle has missed the last three games with an ankle injury. His absence was felt in last month’s 38-8 loss to Arizona when the Cardinals registered nine sacks.
The Packers started a different player each week without Bakhtiari. Don Barclay received the call against the Cardinals last month before all-pro left guard Josh Sitton made his first NFL start there in the regular-season finale against Minnesota.
Backup center JC Tretter proved to be the best option, holding his own in Sunday’s 35-18 playoff win in Washington. Still, everyone agrees having the entire starting offensive line together would do wonders for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers’ offense.
The last time the Packers had all five of their preferable starters available on the offensive line came in the Packers' 30-13 win over MInnesota on Nov. 22.
“It would be nice to have all five starters out there,” said Bakhtiari earlier this week. “The last time we played the game, we had four and then with Bryan going down in the middle of the game and guys shuffling in, that’s always frustrating, but it would be good this week if we can have all five guys out there.”
As expected, receiver Davante Adams (knee) has been ruled out. Cornerbacks Sam Shields (concussion) and Quinten Rollins (quad) are questionable after being limited participants in Friday’s final practice.
Shields hasn’t played since hitting his head on the sideline against Dallas on Dec. 13. Rollins left midway through Sunday’s win over Washington and didn’t return. He sat out of practice Wednesday before returning Thursday on a limited basis.
The Packers also placed tight end Andrew Quarless (hip) on injured reserve and promoted rookie defensive back Roberston Daniel from the practice squad.
Daniel (6-1, 205) spent the entire season the Packers’ practice squad after originally going to camp with the Oakland Raiders. In his two seasons at BYU, Daniel played in 25 games with 22 starts and registered 110 tackles (87 solo), three interceptions, 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one sack.
Nine players were listed as probable. Four of them — defensive lineman Mike Daniels (hamstring), guard T.J. Langs (calf) and Josh Sitton (back), and tight end Richard Rodgers (hip) — were limited Friday.
Defensive lineman Datone Jones (neck), running back Eddie Lacy (rib), outside linebackers Jayrone Elliott (quad) and Mike Neal (hip), and tight end Justin Perillo (hamstring) were all full participants.
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