Green Bay Packers center J.C. Tretter has been sidelined since week 7 with a knee injury, but had been a limited participant in practice for several weeks. He never made it to full participant and obviously never made it back onto the field.
Now it appears his progress is going backwards.
Tretter had surgery on his injured knee earlier this week and the Packers have already ruled him out for the NFC Championship.
Due to the length of his absence, we weren’t counting on Tretter coming back this season. Frankly, it’s curious that he wasn’t simply placed on injured reserve already.
Corey Linsley has been starting in place of Tretter. He’s certainly done a serviceable job, but isn’t nearly as athletic as Tretter is, which limits what the Packers can do in the running game. Tretter was adept at pulling and getting to the second level of the defense. That helps create big runs.
Linsley is a plodder, but he holds up fine in pass blocking.
In one aspect, Tretter’s injury actually works to the Packers’ favor. He’s a free agent after the season. This decreases his value on the open market, which will make it easier for the Packers to re-sign him.