GREEN BAY – If the Green Bay Packers want to put center JC Tretter on injured reserve with the designation to return, they can do so now. And it very well could happen Wednesday.
Tretter suffered an impaction fracture in his left knee during the team’s Aug. 22 preseason game against Oakland and has already been ruled out for Thursday's opener at Seattle. An NFL source said last week that Tretter was told by the medical staff that he was likely to miss up to six weeks because of the injury.
According to the NFL’s IR-DTR rule, if Tretter is placed on the list, he wouldn’t be able to practice for six weeks and could not play until eight weeks had passed. That would take him to the team’s Nov. 2 bye week and mean he’d be eligible to return for the Packers’ No. 9 game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. With Tretter sidelined, rookie fifth-round pick Corey Linsley will start at center in Thursday’s regular-season opener at Seattle.
Placing Tretter on IR would also allow the Packers to add a player to the roster in the meantime. They could add practice-squad center Garth Gerhart or another offensive lineman, given their lack of depth on the line following No. 6 offensive lineman Don Barclay’s season-ending knee injury in training camp.
Last year, the Packers used the IR-DTR tag on wide receiver Randall Cobb, who suffered a small fracture in the tibia bone in his lower leg just below the knee on a hit against Baltimore on Oct. 13. Cobb wound up missing 10 games before returning for the regular-season finale against the Bears and catching the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
On Monday, coach Mike McCarthy said the team did not have a plan for what to do with Tretter. If the Packers think he could return sooner than in eight games, they could merely carry him on the 53-man roster and making him a weekly game-day inactive.
Tretter began last season on the physically unable to perform list after fracturing his ankle in organized team activity practices. He was eventually activated and able to practice but never saw any game action.
Meanwhile, the official injury report for Tuesday did not change from the report filed Monday:
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