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OL Garth Gerhart Signed by Packers, J.C. Tretter Placed on Short-Term I.R.

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OL Garth Gerhart Signed by Packers, J.C. Tretter Placed on Short-Term I.R.

Athough first reported on Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers made the move official on Wednesday, placing offensive lineman J.C. Tretter on short-term injured reserve, according to the league's transaction wire.

To take Tretter's spot on the 53-man roster, the Packers signed fellow offensive lineman Garth Gerhart, giving the team peace of mind by adding a true center as a backup.

Whether the Packers will feel comfortable adding Gerhart to the 46-man game day active roster when they take on the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday in the season opener remains to be seen. If not, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang would backup rookie Corey Linsley.

Tretter, by rule, cannot practice with the Packers until after Week 6 of the season and can't play until after Week 8 at the earliest. Because the Packers coincidentally have a bye Week 9, he will not play again until Week 10, again, at the earliest.

Wednesday represents a breakthrough for Gerhart, who began the season on the Packers' practice squad for a third consecutive season.

Garth is the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart.

UPDATE: The Packers signed offensive lineman Josh Allen to replace Gerhart on the practice squad.

Allen was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and released at the end of training camp.

According to, Allen played 93 snaps in the preseason, including all 50 in the final game. He graded out as the 66th out of 80 centers in the NFL this preseason.

Although Allen played strictly at center with the Buccaneers and was primarily a center in college at Louisiana-Monroe, he was listed as a guard on the NFL's transaction wire and has experience playing guard in college.

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

Smart move considering the OL and if the starter gets hurt.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

Smart move considering the OL and if the starter gets hurt.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

It's not that I didn't hope someone more important than Tretter won't get hurt at the beginning of the season before this move...

Bearmeat's picture

... sigh.. one of the things that annoys me the most about MM's tenure here (and esp since 2011) is that he has turned into the mini Belichick with medical reports. How about just saying "Tretter will be out until 10/15" right off the bat?

Bear's picture

Does it really matter?

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

You mean Allen, not "Hill" in the 3rd paragraph, I assume? My guess is Gerhart is inactive against Seattle, indeed for every game barring an injury.

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