As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it’s working properly, it’s easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Dock Junction, GA, is for your family.
At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That’s just not the way we do business.
When you choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.
We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Dock Junction, GA.
Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Dock Junction, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.
We get it – there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.
Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:
We’re authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.
We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.
We understand that money doesn’t just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you’ll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That’s why we offer emergency HVAC services in Dock Junction, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Dock Junction has one of Georgia’s largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It’s our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.
From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That’s why we offer emergency HVAC services in Dock Junction, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.
Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn’t just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Airworx AC is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There’s no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven’t seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.
We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We’re authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn’t matter what A/C unit brand you have – our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.
Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Dock Junction and the surrounding area:
Once springtime rolls around, it’s very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.
Don’t be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night – these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won’t work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.
If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what’s going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.
Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside. It’s common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it’s time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.
South Georgia isn’t known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure – wintertime in Dock Junction can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home’s furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home’s heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it’s important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Airworx AC a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.
Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:
Today’s heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don’t need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.
As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:
You’re probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Dock Junction. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year’s bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.
Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.
If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn’t working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven’t changed your home’s air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it’s time to call Liberty Heating & Airworx AC.
You and your family depend on your home’s A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times – like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.
As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer – two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry – we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.
If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn’t experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.
If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there’s a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner’s job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth – and that’s just the start.
When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – What’s that smell? That’s a question Brunswick residents ask themselves daily.The source of the unpleasant odor, which has been compared to rotten eggs and sauerkraut, remains a mystery even to longtime residents who say they have gotten used to it over the years.Pamela Bailey, who has lived off Hampton Avenue for nearly four decades, told News4Jax the smell is nothing new, saying it’s more noticeable depending on which side of town you’re on.“I think ...
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – What’s that smell? That’s a question Brunswick residents ask themselves daily.
The source of the unpleasant odor, which has been compared to rotten eggs and sauerkraut, remains a mystery even to longtime residents who say they have gotten used to it over the years.
Pamela Bailey, who has lived off Hampton Avenue for nearly four decades, told News4Jax the smell is nothing new, saying it’s more noticeable depending on which side of town you’re on.
“I think it’s always been a mystery,” Bailey said. “They just haven’t solved it.”
It’s not like Bailey has a sensitive nose, either. In fact, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division has received dozens of odor complaints throughout Glynn County since early December.
Some residents have even called 911 about it. Dispatch logs show one person called last month about an odor “coming into her home, making her sick,” while others have reported smelling gas.
Rachael Thompson, executive director for the Glynn Environmental Coalition, said the smell is ten times worse than usual, raising environmental, public health and mental health concerns.
While the Environmental Protection Division has yet to identify the source of the odor, Thompson said it is important that regulators get to the bottom of the issue once and for all.
“Well, part of the way the law is structured is, if you don’t know who inherently is responsible for the air impairment, then there’s no enforcement action,” Thompson told News4Jax.
Based on some complaints, Thompson said, there has been speculation about the smell coming from an industrial plant nearby. She said mentioned there are several companies with large-scale operations in the area.
She said these companies hold permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act. According to the EPA, these permits are required for facilities that are considered major sources of actual or potential emissions that either meet or exceed the regulatory threshold for air pollutants.
“There are several larger industries in town that have what we call a Title V Air Discharge Permit and those are the facilities that are large in nature and they have your smokestacks or known sources of air pollutants coming into the air,” she said.
Thompson said companies with facilities like this include Georgia-Pacific, Pinova and Symrise, but she said her organization does not want to point the finger at any of those companies unless they have factual evidence proving they’re involved.
“We are gathering information, we are arming ourselves with knowledge and we have been working with the Environmental Protection Division, and they actually shared maps of their complaints,” Thompson said.
A spokesperson for Georgia-Pacific released a statement in response to questions from News4Jax. In part, it said the company’s Brunswick facility is closely regulated and that the company continues to work with the state.
“The air emissions we report are regulated and permitted under EPA and state programs that are designed to protect people and the environment,” the spokesperson said, adding that Georgia-Pacific “responded to EPD’s request for an on-site inspection and review of air emissions data and facilitated the request in January.”
According to Thompson, there are no state laws against unpleasant odors, adding that the only laws in place are there to regulate odor-causing chemicals. But she said the issue needs to be addressed because a persistent, unpleasant smell can have a wide range of impacts on quality of life.
“From an environmental standpoint, what comes up must come down. So whatever is in the air eventually is going to land in our waterways and could have mild impacts on our marshes’ ecosystems,” she said. “From the public health standpoint, some of the complaints that our office has received were people complaining of not being able to breathe, irritation of the skin, irritation of the throat. We have residents call 911 because they needed oxygen to be able to breathe comfortably in their homes.”
She said there’s even a psychological impact of living in a place where you’re constantly subjected to foul odors, from the mystery of not knowing where it’s coming from to the anxiety of wondering how it could be affecting your health.
At this point, the source of the odor is unclear. But whatever it is, Thompson said it needs to be identified and dealt with.
“If there is some sort of noncompliance, then we certainly would seek and enforcement action from the Department of Natural Resources,” she said. “If what they are doing is legally allowed now, then maybe the action what our citizens need to take is to actually advocate for either the local or state laws to change.”
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GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) - It’s that time of year again, Rock A Dock has made its way to the River Junction in Geneva.This year, there are more early arrivals with over 30 cars waiting in line overnight to get in the gates.People from around the country are here for the event, one family traveled 3,000 miles and say they are ready to make some memories.Rock A Dock is a week full of camping, paddling and music. Monday kicked off the event. People spent the day to set up their tents and polish their watercrafts to float a...
GENEVA, Ala. (WTVY) - It’s that time of year again, Rock A Dock has made its way to the River Junction in Geneva.
This year, there are more early arrivals with over 30 cars waiting in line overnight to get in the gates.
People from around the country are here for the event, one family traveled 3,000 miles and say they are ready to make some memories.
Rock A Dock is a week full of camping, paddling and music. Monday kicked off the event. People spent the day to set up their tents and polish their watercrafts to float along the Choctawhatchee and Pea Rivers.
“Everyone who is here, who is a part of Rock A Dock, is excited,” Trip Smith, Director of Rock A Dock, said. “They are excited to be in Geneva. Everyone who is in Geneva is so excited for Rock A Dock to be here and we’re all just coming together as a local community and people from as far as Washington State and just coming together to have a good time.”
The Aiken family has taken part in the event since the beginning.
“You’re off work, you don’t have to think about anything,” Isaac Aiken said. “I mean I don’t think I wore shoes for a week and it was nice to just be paddling out in the water and have nothing to worry about and just enjoy a fun time.”
They traveled from Washington state to Geneva and said they are ready to reunite with friends they made over the years.
“Being with people that three years ago we didn’t even know who they were, they become family to us and we just look forward to being with our family,” Larry Aiken, another participant, said.
This year the event has expanded to a full seven days rather than five days.
Over 200 people from about 20 states are currently at Rock A Dock.
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A vibrant lineup of globally revered talent has been announced for Junction at Tobacco Dock on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August, with the likes of Amelie Lens, Afrodeutsche, Eris Drew, Nina Kraviz, Maribou State, Lauren Garnier, Dixon, Bradley Zero b2b Yu Su and more set to play.After the disappointment of postponing the festival for a second year, the anguish of lockdown, the trepidation of normality returning and the butterflies in the pit of your stomach as the first rave back approaches - all signs point to an historic summer ...
A vibrant lineup of globally revered talent has been announced for Junction at Tobacco Dock on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August, with the likes of Amelie Lens, Afrodeutsche, Eris Drew, Nina Kraviz, Maribou State, Lauren Garnier, Dixon, Bradley Zero b2b Yu Su and more set to play.
After the disappointment of postponing the festival for a second year, the anguish of lockdown, the trepidation of normality returning and the butterflies in the pit of your stomach as the first rave back approaches - all signs point to an historic summer ahead. Everything has been building towards J2 at Tobacco Dock. The light at the end of the tunnel inches closer. All that pent-up energy will be unleashed. Anticipate emotional scenes as London crowds return to their playground.
The formidable lineup combines Junction 2's past and those booked for the 2022 edition, as well as names introduced during Junction 2's virtual programme in addition to a scattering of new faces. The line-up represents the core sound of J2, orbiting around an identity of underground house and techno, underpinned by the most influential and exciting artists in the industry. With four arenas to fill across two days, expect to find quality in every room from The Great Gallery to the Car Park, The Terrace to The Little Gallery..
Saturday 28th August 2021 kicks off with multi-disciplinary artist and Aphex Twin protege, Afrodeutsche, who will be spreading her vast roots and influences across Tobacco Dock. Joining her is one of modern techno's leading ladies, the highly-talented Amelie Lens and rising Drumcode Records artists, ANNA. A favourite from London's notorious Sunday after hours scene, Ceri adds further dynamite whilst Cici, will be channelling positive energy from all corners of the universe. Rounding off the first swathe of female talent, Bristol-based Danielle will be showcasing her many tastes and styles.
Last time we caught him playing above Berlin at the city's TV Tower for Connections, but now J2 favourite, Dixon is returning to Tobacco Dock for a set in front of a live crowd - always an unmissable event. Self-deprecating cult hero DJ Boring offers some contrasting light and shade against the rest of the line-up, while arguably the most experienced name on the bill is inimitable electro and breakbeat master DMX Krew. Flying in from the USA will be Chicago-native and High Priestess of Motherbeat, Eris Drew.
He's set to play live at J2 festival next June, but this August bank holiday Jon Hopkins will take to the decks to spin his favourite records. Adding to the rising home-grown talent, Leed's native Kessie will make his debut and following some epic past appearances, Maceo Plex is confirmed for an extended four-hour set, providing the opportunity to showcase his full range from deviant disco, to electro, deep house and darker techno. After impressing in her Junction 2 stream from Millennium Mills, NTS star OK Williams gets a well-earned booking on the big stage, whilst fearless Palestinian artist Sama' Abdulhadi and Clash Lion front women Terr complete the line-up.
The programme on Sunday 29th August 2021 is no less drama-filled. Junction 2's official ambassador, Adam Beyer takes top billing, having overseen J2's growth from inner city festival to a global stage. Rhythm Section ringleader Bradley Zero will trade mixes with Yu Su in an eye-catching b2b, whilst Charlotte de Witte will bring heavy artillery and a need for speed, to be matched by Monnom Black architect Dax J. One-woman funk machine, DJ Holographic brings her impeccable selection skills to the programme. Two of Europe's most hotly-tipped DJs are next up, with Effy and her larger than life collaborator Heléna Star both confirmed. From next-gen to veteran, well-travelled K-HAND will be showcasing the sounds of her Detroit hometown.
Fresh from being the subject matter of new rave documentary Off The Record, certified legend Laurent Garnier will be making up for lost time with a long overdue Junction 2 debut, as well as his first appearance at Tobacco Dock. Truly one for the history books. Classically trained pianist, turned DJ Manami will show why she's assimilated so effortlessly to club culture, whilst Maribou State are set to thrill with the first DJ set in their hometown in nearly 2 years.
Having played previous J2 events at Tobacco Dock, as well as the festival itself, crowd pleaser Nina Kraviz is invited back as a guest of honour, adding her energy to the landmark show. Half Baked Records' Sam Bangura is a familiar face on the London circuit, whilst South African native SNO will be blending music from across her home continent. Promising to go against the grain, Polish underground radical VTSS completes the programme for the unmissable, bank holiday blowout.
Legendary nightclub, fabric london, has been revealed as the afterparty location, with full details announced at a later date.
Saturday 28th August 2021
JON HOPKINS (DJ)
MACEO PLEX (4 HOUR SET)
Sunday 29th August 2021
BRADLEY ZERO B2B YU SU
CHARLOTTE DE WITTE
MARIBOU STATE (DJ)
By the time the third quarter of Sunday's regular-season opener in Atlanta came to a close, the Eagles were dominating. The offense had perfect symmetry – a punishing running game complementing an efficient passing attack, a defense that rallied to the football, and a special teams unit that won the hidden yardage battle. In the end, 60 minutes of strong football resulted in a convincing 32-6 victory to usher in the Nick Sirianni Era, a satisfying start to the season. Along the way, there were a ton of aspects to note. Here are some po...
By the time the third quarter of Sunday's regular-season opener in Atlanta came to a close, the Eagles were dominating. The offense had perfect symmetry – a punishing running game complementing an efficient passing attack, a defense that rallied to the football, and a special teams unit that won the hidden yardage battle. In the end, 60 minutes of strong football resulted in a convincing 32-6 victory to usher in the Nick Sirianni Era, a satisfying start to the season. Along the way, there were a ton of aspects to note. Here are some points to emphasize ...
1. Jalen Hurts was really good playing the quarterback position, completing 27 of 35 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (to DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, and Jalen Reagor). He was poised and composed and he made good decisions, balancing a short- and mid-range passing game with timely uses of his legs. Hurts gained 62 yards on seven attempts on the ground and the offense rolled up 434 total yards, 24 first downs, a 6-for-13 performance on third downs, and three touchdowns in the red zone. Hurts played it beautifully.
2. Sirianni and Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen used the 1-2 punch of Miles Sanders and rookie Kenny Gainwell on the ground and in the passing game. It was a masterful use of their versatility and the Falcons just never caught up with what the Eagles were doing with the backs. Additionally, both backs were outstanding in pass protection. Sanders finished with 15 carries and 74 yards, with another 39 yards on six receptions, while Gainwell contributed 43 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches.
3. How beautiful was that two-minute drive to end the first half? Hurts completed 5 of 7 passes on the drive, including a perfectly thrown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert, who made a diving catch in the end zone. Hurts ran three times for 24 yards and Gainwell contributed a 9-yard reception and two runs for 7 yards.
4. The young wide receivers stepped up. Quez Watkins caught passes on the first three snaps from scrimmage to help get Hurts in an early rhythm – I love giving Hurts some easy early throws to build positive momentum, and then DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor took over from there. Smith was pretty much open any time the Eagles looked his way as he finished with six catches 71 yards and a touchdown, and Reagor had some middle-of-the-field catches and then a big burst taking a screen pass 23 yards for a score, finishing with six receptions for 49 yards. Hurts completed passes to seven different pass catchers.
5. New punter? No problem. Arryn Siposs averaged 47.3 gross yards per punt, with two landing inside the 10-yard line. Remember, it was his first regular-season game after spending last season on the Detroit practice squad. Siposs was spot on punting and flawless in the holding game as Jake Elliott made all three of his PAT kicks and a 43-yard field goal.
6. The Eagles' defense allowed 144 yards on Atlanta's first two drives, but both times the Eagles stopped Atlanta in the red zone and allowed two field goals. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught three passes on the opening drive. He finished with five catches for 51 yards on eight targets. The Eagles mixed up their coverages, stopped the running game after Atlanta's early success, and relied on a four-man pass rush to put pressure on quarterback Matt Ryan. It worked so well – the Eagles allowed 59 total net yards and only six first downs in the second half and tackles Javon Hargrave and Hassan Ridgeway combined for three quarterback sacks. Brandon Graham won off the edge and Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat were solid on the right side. Fletcher Cox didn't have a huge game statistically, but his presence made life miserable for rookie left guard Jalen Mayfield.
7. Let's recognize the performance of the offensive line against a blitz-heavy defense. OK, there were too many penalties (seven in all) and that's going to be a coaching point for the week ahead, but the offensive line really came together and led the way. The Eagles dominated in the running game and the offensive line gave Hurts time to set up and throw the football. If this group can stay healthy ...
8. Not only was Ridley a non-factor, so was rookie tight end Kyle Pitts. The Falcons moved him around the formation, but the Eagles had answers for Pitts, holding him to 31 yards on four receptions.
9. A big part of Jonathan Gannon's defensive philosophy is to limit the big plays, and the Eagles did a magnificent job of that. Pitts had a long reception of 18 yards. Ridley's longest gain was 16 yards. That's impressive stuff against such a high-powered group of pass catchers.
10. The defense gave up some rushing yards early, but then whatever adjustments Gannon made, or whether it was just winning individual battles, the Eagles put the wallop on Atlanta's running game in the second half. And what was just beautiful to watch was the way the Eagles rallied to the football. They hustled and they played with great emotion and intensity.
11. Finally, let's express the red zone dominance with some clarity: Atlanta scored six points on two trips inside the Eagles' 20-yard line, while Philadelphia scored three touchdowns and a total of 22 points (a two-point conversion included) on their three trips inside the Falcons' 20-yard line.
GREEN BAY — David Bakhtiari’s comeback was almost over immediately after it started — or so Aaron Rodgers wanted his friend and blindside protector to think.The Green Bay Packers quarterback and his franchise left tackle drove back from practice together on Wednesday afternoon and, upon reaching the Lambeau Field loading dock in the customized “Aston Martin” golf cart Bakhtiari gave him this summer, Rodgers decided to get a little too close to the double wrought iron gate that rises and falls at the entra...
GREEN BAY — David Bakhtiari’s comeback was almost over immediately after it started — or so Aaron Rodgers wanted his friend and blindside protector to think.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback and his franchise left tackle drove back from practice together on Wednesday afternoon and, upon reaching the Lambeau Field loading dock in the customized “Aston Martin” golf cart Bakhtiari gave him this summer, Rodgers decided to get a little too close to the double wrought iron gate that rises and falls at the entrance.
“I may have tried to scare Dave a little bit with the nearness of the impending heavy gates coming down,” Rodgers said with a smirk. “But no, not really. Never in any danger, I don’t think.”
Bakhtiari, practicing for the first time since tearing the ACL in his left knee during a Dec. 31 practice, came out of the session similarly unscathed. Bakhtiari remains on the physically unable to perform list, but his participation in Wednesday’s practice begins a three-week window during which the five-time All-Pro can get ready for his return to the game field.
Bakhtiari is unlikely to play this Sunday against the Washington Football Team, but coach Matt LaFleur didn’t immediately rule out that possibility.
“It’s something that we’ll just take day by day,” LaFleur said.
But Bakhtiari’s mere presence at practice — since the start of training camp, he’s been doing individual rehabilitation work and drill work off to the side while his teammates went through actual practices — was significant, both in his journey back from the injury and just being around his guys again.
“It’s going to mean a lot,” wide receiver Davante Adams replied when asked what kind of impact Bakhtiari’s return will have once he can play in games. “Those guys (on the offensive line) have been doing a great job so far holding it down in his absence, but … he’s a captain basically for us.
“It will be huge having him back, leadership-wise, (plus) obviously what he brings on the field as well.”
Added Rodgers: “I mean, I see Dave every time. It’s good to hear him. He couldn’t keep his mouth shut today, which I guess is kind of normal, but it was good to have him out there in a helmet.”
Cornerback Kevin King, who missed last Sunday’s win over the Bears with a shoulder injury suffered against Cincinnati the week before, practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and might be back in the lineup against Washington.
Four other players did not practice at all, including three starters: center Josh Myers (knee), outside linebacker Preston Smith (oblique) and safety Darnell Savage (concussion). Backup tackle Dennis Kelly (back) also did not practice.
Although wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who has been on injured reserve for three games with a hamstring injury, was eligible to start practicing on Wednesday in preparation of being activated from IR, he did not. If he doesn’t participate in Thursday’s practice, that’s a near-certain sign he’ll be sidelined for at least another week — something Rodgers believes has short-circuited the offense’s downfield passing game.
“With ‘83’ not playing and with the (defenses) clouding Davante a bunch, we just haven’t had the same amount of opportunities,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers, taken aback by the amount of attention his “I still own you!” taunt at Chicago Bears fans has gotten since last Sunday’s game, was asked if fans giving him the middle finger is a common occurrence around the league or something that only happens at Soldier Field. Screen shots from the scene showed a host of fans giving Rodgers the same finger gesture, not just the woman he mentioned in his postgame news conference.
“It happens a lot of places, I think. Definitely not just Chicago,” Rodgers said. “There’s some other places we’ve been that have some rowdy fans. Philly, I think may be the best trash talkers.”
It may happen to Rodgers elsewhere, but it’s possible the one-finger salute is something only he gets on the Packers’ roster.
“I think more so it was Aaron in Chicago. That’s probably more so what it was. I don’t get too many ‘birds,’” Adams said. “I got flipped the bird a few times before, but when I look in the crowd a lot of times, especially on the road, I’m just blacking out anyway.
“I think that one was more because of where we were and who he is.”