David Bakhtiari has played in a little less than 6-1/2 games since it was announced he signed a four-year extension with the Green Bay Packers back in November 2020.

That’s because the five-time All-Pro suffered an extremely serious knee injury a few weeks after signing the new deal. He tore his ACL, which included meniscus damage. Swelling issues continued to push back his 2021 return until it was discovered that he had additional cartilage damage, which required another operation in November of that year. That obviously delayed his return, even more.

These days, Bakhtiari isn’t practicing as the Packers begin training camp. The Packers placed Bakhtiari on the Active/PUP list Sunday, meaning he can’t practice until he’s cleared to do so.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst lent some insight into Bakhtiari’s recovery on Wednesday, telling reporters that Bakhtiari actually had another procedure during the offseason.

“Dave had a very significant injury. Much more than just an ACL way back when it occurred,” Gutekunst told reporters Wednesday. “I thought he busted his tail to get back last season. And as we went through that last game versus Detroit, I think when he came out of that, he wasn’t typically happy with how it responded.

“He did have another procedure during the offseason, but I think we’re cautiously optimistic.”

Bakhtiari only played 27 snaps against the Lions and ended up missing the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers due to the complication with his knee. And even though he’s missed more than 18 months of football activities, Gutekunst doesn’t think it’s anything career-ending.

“No. None,” Gutekunst said when asked if he’s ever worried that Bakhtiari won’t get back on the field.

Gutekunst also wouldn’t put a timetable on Bakhtiari’s return after he was asked if the star left tackle will be ready for Week 1.

So, it looks like Packers fans are about to go through another round of the waiting game when it comes to Bakhtiari’s return.

You can watch the full interview with Gutekunst, below:

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