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Packers place J.C. Tretter on injured reserve-return

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The Packers knew that they were going to be without center J.C. Tretter for a while because of a knee injury suffered late in the preseason.

Now we know it will be at least eight weeks before Tretter will take part in a game. Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that the team has placed Tretter on injured reserve with the designation to return later in the season. While it will be eight weeks before Tretter can play, he will be permitted to resume practicing with the team after six weeks.

If Tretter returns at the earliest possible date, he’d be eligible to play against the Bears when the Packers return from their bye on November 9.

Fifth-round pick Corey Linsley will take over at center with Tretter out of the picture. The lack of experience would be a bigger issue if Tretter, a 2013 fourth-round pick, didn’t miss his entire rookie season with an ankle injury. Should Linsley show he can handle the job, it might be tough for Tretter to get it back once he’s healthy.

Center Garth Gerhart, who is the brother of Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart, has been promoted from the practice squad.

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24 Responses to “Packers place J.C. Tretter on injured reserve-return”
  1. allidoiswin55 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:23 PM

    He’s going to struggle against Brandon Mebane who is one of the best NTs in football but super quiet . They’ll be double teaming mebane and unless they keep in TEs to block it could be a repeat of 8 sacks .

  2. cribbage12 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:25 PM

    Heal quickly JC, and come back as determined as ever. Linsley will perform well in your absence and a little midseason competition will make you both better.

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    Next. Man. Up.

  4. ragnarthegreat says: Sep 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    This is a tough one. Protecting Rogers not only is critical to the passing game but makes the running game go too. I wonder if anyone let a serviceable veteran go this week?

  5. dethsupport says: Sep 3, 2014 5:30 PM

    Tomorrow’s destruction of the Packers’ puny team will make fans wish for the Fail Mary. At least that game was competitive.

  6. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:31 PM

    So far not impressed with this guy. Can’t stay healthy, it hurts te team!

  7. bigjimmie says: Sep 3, 2014 5:46 PM

    Not worried about this kid he is a scrapper and graded out very well blocking. He handled BJ Raji so Melbane will not be a concern.

    The last time we played the Hawks they had Chris Clemons going against journeyman Marshal Newhouse lol.

    What is a concern is how rookie Justin Britt will handle Julius Peppers?

  8. dethsupport says: Sep 3, 2014 6:03 PM

    He handled BJ Raji so Melbane will not be a concern.

    Hahahahahahaha…that was a joke right? Right?!?

  9. longtimefanhtr says: Sep 3, 2014 6:11 PM

    Linsley played center in college. He is stronger than an ox. He will surprise people.

  10. teal379 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:17 PM

    He’s also surrounded by 2 very good guards who will help with line calls. Rodgers will call the protection.

    His job will be to primarily move the ball and execute the line calls that Sitton or Lang have called.

    Packers will probably lose but it wont be because of the play of their center.

  11. drunkinsconnie says: Sep 3, 2014 6:18 PM

    I’ll tell you how Justin Britt will handle Peppers, wait nevermind, this isn’t 2002. Nobody had to worry about Peppers anymore.

  12. overweightman says: Sep 3, 2014 6:20 PM

    The Packers’ strength and conditioning coach is Richard Simmons.

  13. axespray says: Sep 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    ragnarthegreat says:
    Sep 3, 2014 5:29 PM
    This is a tough one. Protecting Rogers not only is critical to the passing game but makes the running game go too. I wonder if anyone let a serviceable veteran go this week?

    ————————–
    I’d rather roll with Corey and Garth than another washed up veteran (Jeff Saturday ring a bell?).

  14. axespray says: Sep 3, 2014 6:29 PM

    allidoiswin55 says:
    Sep 3, 2014 5:23 PM
    “… it could be a repeat of 8 sacks .”
    ———————-
    Then again, the Packer’s oline (with a washed up Saturday and awful Newhouse starting) shut out the seattle dline in the 2nd half when they figured out the seahawk’s gimmicks.

    it could be a repeat of that 2nd half…

  15. stellarperformance says: Sep 3, 2014 6:44 PM

    Anyone is likely to have trouble with Mebane, not just a rookie. Thankfully this rookie has a lot of Big 10 experience at center, which is better than a transformed lineman. Heck, he could be better than Tretter. He was projected as an eventual starter when he was drafted. We’ll see. Good luck. Guys wait for chances like this……here’s yours.

  16. The Almighty Cabbage says: Sep 3, 2014 6:54 PM

    dethsupport says:
    Sep 3, 2014 5:30 PM

    Tomorrow’s destruction of the Packers’ puny team will make fans wish for the Fail Mary. At least that game was competitive.
    _________________________________
    You talk like a Vikings fan.

  17. dragonfly99 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    Wasn’t Tretter on IR last year also? Being on injured reserve your first two years in the league not a good way to start. Packers should seriously look somewhere else for a long term solution at that position

  18. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 3, 2014 7:12 PM

    Seattle is a big test. If he can pass that test early in the season things will only get better.

    If not John Kuhn will get a lot of snaps and Rogers will rollout more than normal.

    Both teams are deep playoff quality and only the jealous viking customers have insulted the World Champion Seahawks and the Packers this offseason.

    I think America will love the Kick Off Special.

  19. hansenbrothers says: Sep 3, 2014 7:55 PM

    Glad they showed EDS the door. Surely nothing will go wrong in this situation..,

  20. boomboombrown says: Sep 3, 2014 8:30 PM

    Packer fans are delusional. The demise begins!

  21. Paul M. says: Sep 3, 2014 8:46 PM

    Tomorrow’s destruction of the Packers’ puny team will make fans wish for the Fail Mary. At least that game was competitive.
    _________________________________
    You talk like a Vikings fan.

    ———————————————–
    He’s right so he really does talk like a Vikings fan.

  22. officialgame says: Sep 3, 2014 9:18 PM

    A 5th round draft pick handed the starting job at center right before the 1st game against the # 1 defense is a very BIG deal.

  23. stellarperformance says: Sep 3, 2014 11:10 PM

    Linsley is 6’3″/303/age 22, and has played center in many important games. Mebane is 6’1″/311/age 29, and has experience. Linsley isn’t going to roll over for this guy. He is a true center….and trained and ready.

  24. jimmysee says: Sep 4, 2014 2:56 AM

    Talk is cheap .. and Vikings trolls are the cheapest of all.

    Go! Pack! Go!

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