GREEN BAY – Rookie offensive lineman JC Tretter’s NFL career is off to a painful, disappointing start.
The Green Bay Packers fourth-round pick from Cornell suffered a broken ankle during Monday’s first organized team activity practice, according to his agent, Alan Herman. Tretter had worked at right tackle during the team’s rookie orientation camp two weeks ago.
“They were doing a fumble recovery drill. Unfortunately his cleat got stuck in the turf and he broke his ankle,” Herman said when reached Tuesday afternoon.
Herman, who also represents former Packers running back Ryan Grant, said the injury is similar to the one Grant suffered during the 2010 regular-season opener at Philadelphia. Herman estimated that Tretter will be sidelined six months.
“It’s a setback,” Herman said. “I’ve had four guys in the last two years who’ve sustained a similar type injury – torn the ligament and broke the bone. It’s a six-month deal until they’re fine. Three months non-weight bearing, and then they’re back on their feet.”
Asked about Tretter after practice Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy refused to disclose the nature of Tretter’s injury, saying only that Tretter would not be available for the rest of OTAs.
"As far as injuries, obviously JC was not there, he was injured yesterday, he will not be available for the rest of the OTAs," McCarthy said. "With regards to the injury report, I’m not going to get into roll calls, injuries, just like we’ve done in the past as far as reporting in the OTAs. I’m here to talk about the players who worked today."
Asked if Tretter will be ready for training camp, McCarthy replied, "Really, Tretter is going through the medical process right now. I don’t have a clear (timetable). He’s going through the process.”
Asked why he wouldn't divulge what happened to Tretter, McCarthy said: "It’s just the way we’ve always done it.”
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