It now makes total sense why Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley has been standing on the sidelines throughout training camp. He tore his hamstring twice.
Linsley first tore his hamstring in May, during OTAs. He started working out again in July, assuming the injury had healed. It hadn’t and he tore it again.
“I wasn’t going to stop training like I do just because of something,” Linsley said. “I was training like I needed to train, and it just wasn’t healed yet, and I didn’t know that. So then after that, I had that setback, and then now it’s become something obviously more serious.”
Linsley has already lost the starting center job to J.C. Tretter. That’s fitting, since Linsley got the job as a rookie after Tretter got injured.
While that sucks for Linsley, this is actually probably a blessing in disguise for the Packers. Tretter is the better lineman. His athleticism brings another dimension to that unit and we’ve witnessed it throughout the preseason.
Now there’s talk that Linsley could start the season on the physically unable to perform list. That would cost him at least the first six games of the year.
That means Don Barclay would back up Tretter at center. It’s a position he’s much better suited for than tackle, so we’re not terribly concerned about that possibility.
But what happens when Linsley returns? Probably not much.
At that point, he’s just a nice backup.
That begs the question. Linsley clearly isn’t as versatile as Barclay, who could play three positions. What exactly do you need two backup centers for?
Where do i even start….
First, Tretter is better suited to provide tackle depth, if Linsley was active, he’d still be the starting center. so no, an injured starting center isn’t a blessing in disguise, especially when you lose a starting 0 lineman, thereby depleting your depth. Sure, they can slide Tretter over to tackle if needed, but then we start the musical chairs again on the 0 line, and that’s never worked out. News flash..We lost a starting lineman, before the season even started, that isn’t a blessing. In the past, Linsley was starting at center over Tretter, for good reason i’d imagine.
Yes, Barclay can play 3 positions. But the truth is, he can’t play any of them well. He’s lucky to be on a NFL roster, and he probably knows it. Along with all the other undraftable gems that make up our 0 line depth.
Now, to the injury, this injury happened in May, and we found ourselves on the receiving end again, of no information from the Packers. Because there was a gag order put on by McCarthy. Let me guess, it was gamesmanship. Or was it the Packers being secretive of medical conditions, so they don’t get embarrassed over false diagnoses as they’ve had in the past? Here’s more on Linsleys injury in my post. http://sgtest.totalpackers.com/2016/08/j-c-tretter-taken-corey-linsleys-job.
Here’s another piece of info, that i’m sure McCarthy wasn’t too happy about….On 105.7 The Fan. Jordy was interviewed by a reporter who asked him if he was put on IR because of his “other” knee injury. He said no, that wasn’t why, that it was because of the acl. The reason i bring that up, is because it was just another lie by McCarthy.
If McCarthy wants to be secretive about injury’s, and put his players on a gag order, i guess that’s his right. But when he lies to us, as a Packer fan, that pisses me off. That’s why reporters don’t ask the “wrong” questions of accountability or injuries, because McCarthy will jump down their throats.
I’ll celebrate the day when McCarthy’s pompous arrogance, along with Ted’s introverted weirdness are boarding a plane out of Green Bay.
Amen. You have always understood this!
Have you seen what happens when we run through the middle with Linsley as center? Yes, stuffed at the 1yd line. Have you seen our rubs through the middle with Tretter as center? He is smarter and gets to the second level in a flash. The same run with him yields yds.