GREEN BAY – JC Tretter’s rookie season won’t be a washout after all.
The Green Bay Packers activated the rookie offensive lineman from physically unable to perform list on Tuesday and placed wide receiver Myles White on season-ending injured reserve.
Tretter, a fourth-round pick from Cornell, suffered a broken ankle in the first organized team activity practice in May and started practicing last month while remaining on the PUP list. The Packers had to decide before Wednesday whether to activate him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
White, an undrafted rookie free agent who was promoted from the practice squad when injuries hit the receiver position at Baltimore on Oct. 13, saw action in seven games this season and caught nine passes for 66 yards (7.3 avg.). The team did not specify his injury. He played three snaps on offense and caught one pass for 5 yards in the Packers’ 22-21 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.
Tretter, who worked at tackle and guard during the rookie orientation camp, admitted last month that he wasn’t getting his hopes up for anything more than a medical redshirt-style rookie season in the NFL. That said, having had what he called a timeline with “a lot of flexibility to it,” he’s been thrilled to simply be back on the practice field. He worked in pads last Thursday and apparently showed enough progress to be cleared.
“We just said, ‘It’s going to be a long, long journey and we’re not going to rush you back.’ There was never really a date put on it,” Tretter said then. “I think I’m on the early (end). I think I’ve healed up a little faster than they expected, which is obviously good.
“You miss playing football. You miss being out there with your teammates, your brothers. To get back out there, to slide that helmet on, it’s a great feeling. I enjoyed it. Obviously, was limited in what I could do and what I did but just going through drills again, it felt great. You miss it. It just feels good to be out there.”
Tretter underwent surgery to insert a screw into his ankle after the injury and then was able to stop wearing an orthopedic boot in early September while still on crutches. He then had screw removed and began his rehab in earnest.
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