GREEN BAY – Just as he did in the spring, David Bakhtiari isn’t making any promises as to when he’ll be back on the field.
But while his ACL rehab continues to go well, his usual jokes and shenanigans are providing some lighter moments to help the Packers’ five-time All-Pro power through the daily grind.
“He loves to have fun around here, especially (when) training camp can get mundane at times,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said about his sidelined left tackle. “He’s always bringing a lot of life to it. Another pro’s pro.”
Bakhtiari’s sense of humor emerged from behind the scenes in the second practice of training camp, right after the team signed Dennis Kelly as a veteran insurance policy at tackle. The two have been tagged on social media as doppelgangers, and the resemblance is legitimate, so they swapped jerseys and Kelly took the field for his first practice in Green Bay wearing Bakhtiari’s No. 69.
It fooled some observers, briefly, and Bakhtiari later emerged from his rehab in the Hutson Center with Kelly’s No. 79.
Fast forward a few days, and Bakhtiari decided to quiet all the noise quarterback Aaron Rodgers had been making about never getting a gift from Bakhtiari, and how an Aston Martin Vanquish – a luxury sports car with a price tag well into six figures – was what he always wanted.
So Bakhtiari got Rodgers an Aston Martin Vanquish … in the…