Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari is practicing with no restrictions at organized team activities this week, but that doesn't mean his left ankle -- which suffered a high sprain in Week 15 last year -- is good as new.
According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Bakhtiari is healthy enough to "do everything I want to do," but his ankle will need regular attention moving forward to keep him on the field.
"It's hard when something like that changes your ankle," Bakhtiari told Wood. "It's obviously going to be a little bit different, but to let me do everything I want to do, it took me the offseason to get it right."
The three-year starter had five torn ligaments in the ankle at season's end, per Wood, but didn't need offseason surgery. Still, he's spent the past several months rehabbing.
Bakhtiari is one of three starters on the Packers' offensive line entering a contract year, which likely factored into the team's decision to trade up for Indiana tackle Jason Spriggs in Round 2 of last month's draft. The addition of Spriggs could also provide insurance in the event that Bakhtiari's ankle gives him trouble down the road.
The 24-year-old Bakhtiari showed no hard feelings about Spriggs' selection, telling Wood, "I think that if you put me in an organization [perspective], I completely understand it. It's very smart."
He added that he thinks there's "mutual" interest between him and the Packers for a contract extension before the end of the upcoming season.