GREEN BAY – JC Tretter’s knee injury is not season-ending, although the Green Bay Packers first-year starting center will be sidelined for the Sept. 4 regular-season opener at Seattle and could miss up to six weeks, according to an NFL source.
Tretter injured his left knee during the Packers’ preseason victory over Oakland. He was examined on the sideline by the team’s medical staff but was able to stay in the game. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that Tretter suffered a “significant” knee injury and that he would be sidelined “multiple” weeks.
Tretter played 49 snaps with the No. 1 offensive line against the Raiders.
“Once the ones went out of the game, and once he settled down, that’s when it started bothering him,” McCarthy said. “It was bothering him at halftime, then when I got back in here after the game [the medical staff] ended up putting him on crutches.”
According to the league source, Tretter did not suffer any sort of ligament damage in the knee, which would have meant missing anywhere from six to 10 weeks. Instead, the feeling is that he will miss five or six weeks, the source said. The injury is similar to a stress fracture.
Tretter, a fourth-round pick from Cornell last year, missed his entire rookie season after breaking his ankle in the first organized team activity practice in May. He has worked with the No. 1 offense since the first day of the offseason this year and won the starting center job easily over rookie fifth-round pick Corey Linsley and former practice-squad center Garth Gerhart.
The Packers already lost No. 6 offensive lineman Don Barclay to a season-ending knee injury. Barclay underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“I don’t know how long J.C.’s going to be out – hopefully, it’s not too long,” right guard T.J. Lang said. “It’s a bummer, man. We felt like we were doing a lot of good things as an offensive line. It hurt when Donny went out and this one hurts, too. Like we’re always saying, there’s nothing you can really do about it. You’ve got to move on.
“Corey’s been taking a lot of reps today and he’s a guy who’s come a long way since OTAs started. Hopefully we get J.C. back, but until he comes back, we’re going to have to find a way to fill the spot.”
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