Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was left sad after All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari confirmed he would be out for the rest of season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday's practice. The Packers, who own a 12-3 record, have been playing great football all season long and Bakhtiari has been one of their key players this year.
"I got a call from him yesterday, late in the afternoon," Rodgers said, per ESPN. "I was hoping for some good news. Didn't get it. You gotta move on, but right now it's still a little raw. We're still sad and hurting for Dave, just because it's our brother and it's our left tackle, our teammate.
It's been a tough time for us and times that by infinity is probably where he's at right now." Losing Bakhtiari hit the Packers hard but the team responded well in practice on Friday. "I think everybody kind of handles the grieving process a little bit differently," Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said.
"I think my job is just to stress to our guys the importance of what we have in front of us and to attack each moment of every day, trying to figure out ways and prepare to the best of our ability to go play a really good football team.
And so I was really proud of our guys in terms of how we responded today. I thought the practice was really clean today."
Billy Turner to replace Bakhtiari
The Packers moved Turner to the left tackle position and inserted Rick Wagner into the lineup at the right tackle position.
"I think Billy's done a tremendous job all season long no matter where he's played -- right tackle, right guard, left tackle," LaFleur said. "He's got the right mindset, the right attitude. He comes to work every day ready to go.
He's a true pro. That's all those guys in that room. "Again, I've said it a few times: [offensive line coaches] Adam Stenavich [and] Luke Butkus do a great job with that room, but also those guy take it upon themselves to prepare the right way, and so we're lucky to have [this] group.
This is the best offensive line group I've been around, and I'm not even talking about the players. I'm talking about in terms of just the mindset in that room, how the guys prepare, and then I would say it's the best O-line I've ever been around as well."