Corey Linsley learned his lesson about rushing back from injury

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Packers center Corey Linsley sat out the team’s offseason workouts in 2016 and then went on to miss training camp, preseason and the first eight weeks of the regular season because of a hamstring injury.

Linsley was a spectator again this spring after having ankle surgery early in the offseason, but he says that the lesson he learned last year will keep his absence from extending as long as it did last year. Linsley started working out on his own around this time last year in hopes of being healthy for camp and wound up with a setback that cost him half a season.

“I just have to continue to follow the plan, whereas last year I maybe didn’t,” Linsley said, via ESPN.com. “I was trying to go ahead of the plan because I thought I was ahead of it, instead of just trusting the process that the trainers and the strength coaches had given me. I was trying to beat it, like the tough guy I am. I was trying to get ahead of it. And I ended up behind. Now it’s a matter of knowing I’ll be OK as long as I follow this plan.”

JC Tretter stepped in at center in place of Linsley last year, but he’s gone to Cleveland as a free agent. Guard T.J. Lang also left this offseason, so the Packers have enough to deal with on the offensive line without worrying about replacing their starting center and Linsley has plenty to gain from staying healthy as he’ll be playing out the final year of his contract.

13 responses to “Corey Linsley learned his lesson about rushing back from injury

  1. Solid O-lineman that Ted Thompson found in the 4th round. Meanwhile a certain team to the West drafted a tackle with the 4th over round selection and didn’t fare nearly as well and somehow their fans label that GM a genius while mocking TT, who has only drafted well enough to get the Packers into 8 straight post seaons.

  2. Linsley was actually a 5th round pick. Solid player when healthy. Hope they re sign him. They had better. Not much behind him at the moment.

  3. Linsley has only played in 38 out of 48 games and may not be able to play at the start of this season.

    But for the Packers (in your humble opinion…), that represents a “solid O-lineman”.

    Kalil started every game for 4 consecutive years and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

  4. gtodriver says:
    Jun 27, 2017 9:46 AM
    Linsley has only played in 38 out of 48 games and may not be able to play at the start of this season.

    But for the Packers (in your humble opinion…), that represents a “solid O-lineman”.

    Kalil started every game for 4 consecutive years and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

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    If Matt is such a good player then why let him walk? Either he wasn’t good enough (meaning you missed the mark on evaluating your 4th overall pick) or you didn’t have the money to keep him (meaning you mismanaged your salary cap).

    In either case this is a reflection of your GM. That’s the point.

    Any player can be injured and in most cases you can’t fault the player. The only fair way is to evaluate their performance when healthy. So far Linsley has performed far above his draft position. You can’t ask for more out of any player.

  5. gtodriver says:
    Jun 27, 2017 9:46 AM
    Linsley has only played in 38 out of 48 games and may not be able to play at the start of this season.

    But for the Packers (in your humble opinion…), that represents a “solid O-lineman”.

    Kalil started every game for 4 consecutive years and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

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    And ended his time working in the subway as a turnstile.

    I swear – it was just 30 seconds ago you all were making excuses for your QB play and going 3-5 after starting 5-0 due to bad line play. Which is it?

  6. The Packer oline is pretty decimated. A story that’s been largely ignored. A lot of holding penalties will need to be ignored by the Refs for Rodgers to stay upright this year, doubt he lasts very far in to the season, which leaves the Pack battling Jets for 1st pick in the draft.

  7. whatjusthapped says:Jun 27, 2017 8:19 AM

    “….TT, who has only drafted well enough to get the Packers into 8 straight post seaons.”

    Or he might be the reason the team continues to come up short at seasons end despite having one of the greatest QBs to ever play. Drafts okay and NEVER makes a move in FA. The reason for 8 straight post season appearances is Aaron Rodgers, not Ted Thompson.

  8. btv77 says:

    Any player can be injured and in most cases you can’t fault the player. The only fair way is to evaluate their performance when healthy. So far Linsley has performed far above his draft position. You can’t ask for more out of any player.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Well let’s look at the Center position…

    John Sullivan was a 6th round pick for the Vikings. He started game 1 of the 2009 season and missed a total of 3 games during the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons for a total of 93 of 96 games.

    Linsley was a 5th round pick for the Packers (5 comes before 6 in case you don’t know that) and hasn’t been able to stay on the field long enough to show how good he is – or isn’t.

    If Linsley has “performed far above his draft position”, than what did Sully do as a 6th rounder?

  9. jermainewiggins says:
    Jun 27, 2017 10:49 AM
    whatjusthapped says:Jun 27, 2017 8:19 AM

    “….TT, who has only drafted well enough to get the Packers into 8 straight post seaons.”

    Or he might be the reason the team continues to come up short at seasons end despite having one of the greatest QBs to ever play. Drafts okay and NEVER makes a move in FA. The reason for 8 straight post season appearances is Aaron Rodgers, not Ted Thompson.

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    No GM hits on every single pick. TT is like every other GM in that regard. But not every GM would pick a QB with the 24th overall pick when they have a HOF QB already on the roster. And apparently you haven’t noticed, TT actually made at least a half dozen moves in FA this year. I realize one year doesn’t fix everything but it’s progress in terms of utilizing FAs.

  10. But not every GM would pick a QB with the 24th overall pick when they have a HOF QB already on the roster. And apparently you haven’t noticed, TT actually made at least a half dozen moves in FA this year. I realize one year doesn’t fix everything but it’s progress in terms of utilizing FAs.

    You mean the same HOF qb that would retire then unretire? Oh yeah brett, he was no reason at all to draft a qb of the future.

  11. Solid O-lineman that Ted Thompson found in the 4th round. Meanwhile a certain team to the West….

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    you got issues. I will thoroughly enjoy watching the demise of your beloved Rodgers running for his life should injuries even take out one or two of your starters on the O-line.

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