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J.C. Tretter is Injured… Again

J.C. Tretter

Here’s a surprise development for you — J.C. Tretter, who was going to be the Green Bay Packers starting center, has a significant knee injury and will be out multiple weeks.

So said coach Mike McCarthy today. Tretter injured his knee on Friday against the Raiders, but no one noticed because he kept playing. After Tretter and the first-team offense were pulled, his knee started bothering him.

Tretter will now undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury, but no one sounds terribly optimistic.

As you surely know, Tretter missed the majority of his rookie season with a broken ankle, which he suffered during OTAs.

So now what?

That’s something we’ve been asking a lot lately.

Rookie Corey Linsley is now what.

Linsley is taking the reps at center with the No. 1 offense. He was a fifth-round pick back in May.

We all assumed Linsley would come into camp and compete with Tretter for the center job, but the Packers more or less just handed it to Tretter. Now the rookie is being forced to get comfortable with the offense in a hurry.

Linsley has played well enough in the preseason games, but he hasn’t faced No. 1 competition.

This should be interesting.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Howard August 24, 2014

    And McCarthy saying no one knew until after the 1’s came out is bullshit. You can see Tretter hurt his knee on the first series during Lacy’s TD. Tretter’s knee buckeled and then he is on the ground and clutching his knee with both hands, he gets up and is hobbling. After the extra point play you can also see Tretter is favoring his knee. Not saying it would make any difference but why the hell put him back in the game for another 40 or so plays? If no one knew on the training staff that Tretter was hurt then the dumb asses are not paying any attention and should be removed from their responsibilities.

  2. GBslacker August 24, 2014

    I saw one tweet talking about him getting a second opinion.

    My guess is that they’d know if this was an ACL and they wouldn’t be bashful about declaring him out for the season.

    My second guess would be a PCL/MCL injury and the 2nd opinion might be to decide if surgery would speed along the recovery.

    My third guess is that we’re likely looking after the Saints game and the bye before we can expect him to return.

    1. E. Wolf August 24, 2014

      Did not the medical staff clutserfuck an ACL tear on a player they traded to the Browns, by not diagnosing it? The Browns only found out about it afterward

      1. GBslacker August 24, 2014

        No, the ACL tore when he boarded the plane out of Green Bay…

  3. the real russ letlow August 24, 2014

    watched Lindsley at camp. he is strong as an ox. Doesn’t need to learn the position, played it in college. major school, major conference. He gets a little experience, gets a hold of the center job, and he may not give it back. Great “anchor, better run blocker but can pass pro too.

  4. Chad Lundberg August 24, 2014

    I thought we were even going into week one, but at this point, we’re facing an uphill battle. Boyd and Linsley maybe serviceable, but we need just about everyone in week 1.

    On the bright side, the injury is far less “significant” than previously thought. They’re saying he’ll be out until October at the latest.

  5. GBslacker August 24, 2014

    These Jason Wilde tweets sound encouraging.
    Still, I won’t be surprised if it’s after the bye.

    Jason Wilde @jasonjwilde · 7m

    #NFL source says @JCTretter did not suffer ligament damage in the knee, which would have made it 6-10 week injury. Instead, 5-6 weeks.

    Jason Wilde @jasonjwilde · 8m

    #NFL source says #Packers C @JCTretter’s knee injury does not require surgery. Could sideline him for up to six weeks. He, team hoping less.

  6. Vijay August 24, 2014

    Rodgers is in danger again. Now the offense will be limited with heavy back sets to offset the blocking deficiencies. Predictable offenses equals less pts unfortunately.

  7. Packer Bob August 24, 2014

    Wow, it’s like some of you actually want the Packers to fail.

  8. Cheese August 24, 2014

    Well fuck me Adrianna Monsalve.

    This injury bullshit is becoming so fucking frustrating. So much for that depth on the O-line.

  9. ferris August 24, 2014

    4th round LT last year worked out and nobody knew who he was. 5th round center from the Big 10 may be OK. I don’t like OSU but they have some big horses that kick WI ass every year.

  10. iltarion August 24, 2014

    Now THIS is a painful injury. The offensive line had taken it to another level this preseason, and JC Tretter at center was part of the reason why.

    We will see what Linsley can do. At least we should have Tretter back after the bye, if Linsley struggles at all, but it is hard to believe this WON’T came to haunt us against Seattle.

    Here, rookie, time for your first NFL start- in the loudest stadium in the NFL against the best defense in the NFL. Good luck.

    And yes, I was at the game, and I remember seeing Tretter limping after Lacy’s TD. He was going off the field, and then he was told they were going for 2 and went back out there.

  11. Kristofer August 24, 2014

    If a player is able to continue playing for as many more snaps as he did, its obviously not a tear. In fact, I doubt he will be out half as long as everyone is predicting. 6 weeks? He’ll be back in 3.

    1. Howard August 25, 2014

      I hope you are correct that would be great. I do wonder if Tretter had not played the extra 40 plays after he obviously had a knee problem if could he cut another 1,2, or 3 weeks off his recovery time. I guess we will never know. The two things I do know is it was a preseason game that means very little and Tretter is one tough guy. But why take the chance. If I remember correctly didn’t Bulaga play in the family night scrimmage with torn ligaments last year for several plays after the injury and then missed the entire season.

  12. nurseratchett August 25, 2014

    Well, crap. Thought the O-line was looking pretty good, which is high praise from me. Lets hope the rookie can step up! Seattle will be a big challenge..

    GO PACK GO!!!

  13. Abe Frohman August 25, 2014

    Every single one of those guys should be wearing a brace on each knee. it’s cheap insurance.

  14. TyKo Steamboat August 25, 2014

    Well fuck me, Sage Steele

  15. Nacho Libre August 25, 2014

    Well fuck me, Meredith Marakovits.

  16. rebelgb August 26, 2014

    I love it when you assholes blame the training staff. These guys “tweak” their knees and ankles all the time. If a player insists he is fine and can continue to play, that is ON THE PLAYER, not the staff. The only time this is not the case is in head injuries, when often a player will want to continue and is not allowed. This is simply teams and the NFL covering their collective asses.