Packers place JC Tretter on short-term injured reserve; will miss eight games
SEP 03, 2014 6:44p ET
JC Tretter will be out for the first eight games of the season as the Green Bay Packers used their once-per-year-only temporary injured reserve spot on the player who was supposed to be the team's starting center.
Tretter suffered a left knee injury on the opening drive of the Packers' third preseason game, but he remained in and played 45 snaps. But when he exited along with the rest of the starting offensive line, Tretter's knee bothered him.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said at the time that Tretter would be out for "multiple weeks." Under the rules of the NFL's injured reserve designation to return, Tretter will be able to practice with Green Bay after six weeks and is then eligible to play after eight weeks. However, with the Packers' Week 9 bye, Tretter will gain an extra week to get ready.
Green Bay has promoted offensive lineman Garth Gerhart from the practice squad to the active roster to take Tretter's spot.
In Tretter's absence, the Packers are starting rookie center Corey Linsley, who will make his NFL debut Thursday night in the regular-season opener in Seattle. All-Pro left guard Josh Sitton could move to center if Linsley struggles or gets hurt, but Green Bay now has the option of using Gerhart, whose natural position is center.
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