The packers will “rally to each other” in the absence of David Bakhtiari
“Adam Stenavich and Luke Butkus do a great job with this room,” said LaFleur, referring to his two offensive line coaches. “But also these guys take it upon themselves to prepare in the right way. It’s the best O-line group I’ve ever met, and I’m not just talking about the players. I’m talking about the state of play. ‘spirit in this room. “
On a personal level, the team feels for Bakhtiari, one of the most respected and accomplished veterans in the dressing room. He is the Packers’ third-oldest player after Aaron Rodgers and Mason Crosby, and he recently signed a contract extension making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league.
“It’s hard to see a guy fall in practice like that,” said Rodgers, a best friend. “You hope for the best. I got a call from him late yesterday afternoon. I was hoping for good news, I didn’t get it.
“You have to move on, but at the moment it’s still a little raw. We’re still sad and hurt for Dave just because he’s our brother and he’s our left tackle, our teammate. has been a difficult time for us, and it is probably endlessly where it is right now. “
LaFleur said when the injury occurred, it took a while for the team to refocus during practice on Thursday. He added that the team reacted well on Friday with “clean” training.
The team psyche is naturally a concern when a blow like this is landed just before playing an important game at this point in the season. The Packers look to secure the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs as the Bears push for a wild card spot. And whether or not the Packers get that first seed and a pass, the playoffs are just around the corner.
“I think my job is just to point out to our guys the importance of what we have in front of us and to attack every moment of every day,” said LaFleur.
“You can’t let that affect your attitude, the way you prepare, the effort you put in, the focus you put in each day. We have a job to do and that is to go Sunday and play. a team that fights for everything in front of them too. “