Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes as tackle
David Bakhtiari (69) blocks New England Patriots defensive end
Chandler Jones (95) during the first half of an NFL preseason
football game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.
GREEN BAY — A sore
knee sidelined left tackle David Bakhtiari at Packers training camp
Monday and it was unclear if the starting offensive lineman will play
in this weekend's preseason game at Pittsburgh.
Coach Mike McCarthy
did not offer details on the injury to the third-year tackle. Asked if
he was concerned about Bakhtiari, McCarthy replied, "Not today,
"He's going to
be on a treatment program for at least the next couple days," he
said. "That's straight out of the doctor's mouth."
Veteran Bryan Bulaga
said that with ample practice time, he could make the switch from
right to left tackle if needed.
"I don't know
what Dave's situation for this week is," Bulaga said. "All
I've been told is that I'm playing right tackle this week."
The Packers' backup
plan is pertinent because Bakhtiari protects the blind side of NFL MVP
Aaron Rodgers. Bakhtiari struggled in the preseason opener at New
England on Thursday night, when he allowed two sacks. He has made 35
consecutive starts since taking over for Bulaga as a rookie
fourth-round pick in 2013.
With Bakhtiari not
practicing, fourth-year backup Don Barclay worked at left tackle with
the No. 1 offense. Barclay is coming off a torn ACL in his right knee
suffered early in camp last year and has been working his way back
McCarthy said the
Packers would likely move Bulaga to left tackle if Bakhtiari's injury
were to worsen. Barclay could then play right tackle in Bulaga's
"You want to
continue to create opportunities for players to increase their
value," McCarthy said. "You do that by giving guys
opportunities. That's no different for Donnie Barclay. I know Bryan
Bulaga can play left tackle. That's something that we practice all the
time. This is an opportunity for players to increase their
Bulaga, who played
left tackle in high school and in college at the University of Iowa,
worked extensively at the position during the 2013 offseason but said
he doesn't work there much these days. If Bakhtiari were to go down
during the season, Bulaga said an in-game adjustment would be
difficult but he'd be OK with a week of practice.
"I think anyone
would need some time at it. I'd say no matter which way you're
switching, if you're going left-to-right at guard or tackle, I think
you need a little time adjusting," Bulaga said. "Again, I
just play where they tell me to play."
Notes: The Packers
released rookie receiver Adrian Coxson, who was signed in May as a
non-drafted free agent.