Packers Potentially Getting Injured Star Players Back Soon

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Green Bay could have two huge names back in the lineup as soon as this weekend—left tackle David Bakhtiari and cornerback Jaire Alexander. Bakhtiari hasn't played this season after suffering a torn ACL late in 2020. Alexander has been out since Week 4 with a shoulder injury.

"In a perfect scenario, they would get reps in the regular season," LaFleur said, per Spofford. "We'll see if that comes to fruition this weekend or not.

Bakhtiari's return should improve the pass protection. Tackle Yosh Nijman hasn't been awful—he's been responsible for three penalties and three sacks allowed in 549 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus—but Rodgers has faced pressure this season.

Rodgers has been under pressure on 22.3 percent of his dropbacks in 2021. A year ago, his pressure rate was just 14.2 percent. While Rodgers still isn't afraid to take the deep shot, especially when targeting Davante Adams, getting Bakhtiari back should give him just a little more time to push the ball downfield.

This season, Rodgers has averaged 7.8 air yards per attempt, his lowest average of the last four seasons. There could be a lot to gain by allowing Rodgers and Bakhtiari to work together in the season finale.

Right tackle Billy turner has also been out with a knee injury, though it's unclear when he might return. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

Receiver Randall Cobb is also working his way back from core muscle surgery. His return could provide Rodgers with an underneath outlet option for when those deep targets aren't open. He is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952134-3-changes-green-bay-packers-can-make-as-star-players-return-from-injury

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