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Rookie Offensive Lineman J.C. Tretter Suffers Early Injury

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Rookie Offensive Lineman J.C. Tretter Suffers Early Injury

Cornell offensive lineman J.C. Tretter. Photo by Brian Carriveau of

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged on Tuesday that rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter suffered an injury on the first day of Organized Team Activities Monday in Green Bay, but he did not have any specifics.

"J.C., one of our new rookies, was not there," said McCarthy during a press conference. "He was injured yesterday. He will not be available for the rest of the OTAs."

When asked whether Tretter would be available for training camp, McCarthy declined to speculate, nor did he provide the area of the body in which Tretter sustained his injury.

"Tretter's going through the medical process right now," said McCarthy. "I don't have a clear-cut, exactly where he is."

The day before he was scheduled to leave for the Senior Bowl back in January, Tretter suffered a broken nose while training. It's unclear whether his most recent injury is anything related to his nose, however.

Seeing as the right tackle spot is basically up for grabs in Green Bay, it's been speculated that Tretter would get a chance to compete for the job. His injury will put him behind others trying to win a spot in the starting lineup.

The fourth round draft choice has also been speculated to make the move to center after playing left tackle the last two years of his college career and tight end before that.

UPDATE: As reported by JSOnline, Tretter broke his ankle, according to his agent, Alan Herman.

He's expected to miss the next several months. It will probably take some time to determine exactly how long he'll miss and whether he will come back in time to play during the 2013 season.

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Lucky953's picture

Sounds ominous. Too bad. That's a chance for another guy to get more reps and make a good impression

cow42's picture

here we go again.

ted, of bill and ted's picture


al's picture

it happens good luck cj

lmills's picture

no kidding. it' starting already

Tarynfor12's picture

Their playing our song!

FourEyesBrewing's picture

From the Twitterverse:
"Not sure why #Packers won't say what JC Tretter's injury is, but one player said Tretter broke his leg Monday. Also that an ambulance came."
-Jason Wilde [email protected]

"#Packers rookie offensive lineman JC Tretter will miss up to six months with a broken ankle suffered in a fumble recovery drill. Ouch."
-Dan Turczynski [email protected]

Brooklyn81's picture

That really sucks

FourEyesBrewing's picture

JC Tretter's agent, Alan Herman, says Tretter broke his ankle yesterday during fumble recovery drill. Herman expects him to miss six months.
Jason Wilde [email protected]

Mojo's picture

That didn't take long. Solves one roster spot already. He's already ruled out of OTA's and it's bad enough MM won't speculate on training camp, which generally means in Packerese; he won't be playing for the next two years.

EDS, you've just won the center job.

Mojo's picture

This could be a blessing in disguise. With so many o-lineman fighting for one or two spots, it would have been nice to stash Tretter on the PS, since I don't think they planed on him being a starter this year anyway. But that wasn't going to happen because some other team would pluck him away. So the Pack would be forced to carry him on the 53. Now they can legitimately IR him, save a roster spot while still having a plethora of 0-lineman to chose from.

Stroh's picture

Agree he wasn't going to start this year anyway. Problem is if he's on IR all year he can't practice all year which will make starting next unlikely.

cow42's picture

there is nothing good about this (nice try, though).

1 year to heal
1 year to get back into the grove of playing.

when a rookie gets hurt this early it sets him back at least 2 years.

my guess - he never plays for the Packers.

put him on the same boat as Sherrod and Bishop.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Can he start the season on the PUP list? I don't remember the entire rules off the top of my head?
Seems like a candidate for the if he indeed broke his leg.

I agree, no good can come from this. Rookies need reps. Although if he wasn't being counted on this year, it wouldn't matter to much I guess...

Evan's picture

The timeline I read was 6 months, which would be late November - probably week 12 or 13. PUP players come off week 6 then have, what, 2-3 weeks before they must be activated or IR'd. I think that's right. That makes PUP unlikely, unless Tretter can cut 6 weeks off his recovery.

Evan's picture

Good info from Dunne: "Herman said based on another client who had a similar injury last year — Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook — it's not a sure thing Tretter won't play this season. Cook suffered the injury in a preseason game against the Packers on Aug. 23 and was then put on injured reserve with the "designated for return" label. It turned out to be a good move because he returned to practice Nov. 28 and played two weeks later."

IowaPackFan's picture

Agree that he's probably in the same boat as Sherrod and may end up getting cut before ever seeing any meaningful playing time with the Packers, but Bishop will play this year. Can he pick up where he left off? That remains to be seen, but I don't think you can equate a rookie who never played a pro snap to Bishop who has played several seasons already and has thrived.

Morgan Mundane's picture

Good points. I have to admit I like these Ivy League O linemen. They have a pensity for learning quickly and being solid players like Burke was.
Hope he gets better and can contribute in the future.

Nerd's picture

Guess he won't be beating out EDS after all.

Also not surprised the staff wouldn't admit the extent of the injury. Surprised he's not listed as "day to day."

Point Packer's picture

Got his cleat stuck in the turf and broke his ankle - what?

cow42's picture

heard Wilde this afternoon talking about how when discussing the OL "flip-flop" with the OL group, they showed a measured amount of apprehension.

they also said it came out of nowhere...

this does not sound good.

Chad Toporski's picture

Blame the strength and conditioning coaches!!! More stretching could have prevented his ankle breaking!

Chad Toporski's picture

Oh... and TT needs to stop drafting injury risks!!!

(Did I cover everything?)

BradHTX's picture

You forgot:

"Firw Mike Mcarthy for running bad practises!"

TommyG's picture

I blame a lack of adamantium.

Fishin Crane's picture

(08 Championship)

lebowski's picture

One day of practice, one player lost for the year already. Un freaking believable.

GBPDAN's picture

Wow,.. first practice, no pads, lost for the whole season! His rookie development is out the Window. Tausher was a 7th round pick who was starting at RT for the Pack very early on. So, who knows, maybe this guy could have been a contributer.

Now, basically, he's a wasted 4th rd draft pick for this year. I hope this isnt the start to another injury riddled year. At least it wasn't jones, lacey or Franklin

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

I sure hope you knocked on some wood after you typed that.

Joe's picture

That's one way of stock piling talent.

Lucky953's picture

"Okay guys. We're going to run a fumble recovery drill here. I want you sliding and covering up. Uh, how many of you guys have ever played baseball?" Okay, lets try it with shoes off first, just so everyone gets it."

Bibbon Hazel's picture

There goes the season. Thanks for nothing Ted. All of these picks are not physical enough nor tough enough and this proves it. 49ers and Aldon Smith are going to own the Packer Oline since this Prac Squad guys is now going to miss the season because he is just not big enough physically to handle it. I knew it all along. 49ers 16-0, Packers 0-16.

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