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News now! JC Tretter lost with ‘significant knee injury’

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 24, 2014 – 2:07 pm

140824-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–The Packers have lost center JC Tretter for “multiple weeks,” Coach Mike McCarthy said on Sunday. Tretter sustained a “significant knee injury” on the first series of Friday’s game against Oakland, but returned to the game and played 49 snaps. He is obviously lost for the regular season opener in Seattle.

Also, McCarthy confirmed nose tackle B.J. Raji suffered a major arm injury in Friday’s game and is lost to the team. McCarthy said Raji is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right arm.

“B.J. Raji was in great shape and had the best camp of his career. Injuries are a part of the game. It’s unfortunate but it will not stop us,” McCarthy said.

Linebacker  Brad Jones sustained a quad injury, did not practice on Sunday and won’t play against Kansas City on Thursday in the preseason finale.

Rookie fifth-round draft pick Corey Linsley would seem to be Tretter’s repalcement. Josh Boyd steps in for Raji.

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JC Tretter knee injury heightens urgency at center
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60 Responses to “News now! JC Tretter lost with ‘significant knee injury’”

  1. By Alan on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Here we go again. Another snake-bit plague of injuries that is killing the season in the cradle before it starts. Now we go with an Ohio State rookie at center in Seattle. I wish there was some type of rhyme or reason on why these key injuries always happen to the Packers. We’ve now lost the starting center, starting nose tackle and number one supernumerary on the O line before the exhibition season ended. And why did Tretter go back in and play the entire game???!!!

  2. By Steve on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Every year this team cannot stay healthy. Shaping up to be another lost season

  3. By Bob on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Good luck Linsley in Seattle…

    I’m getting sick of all the injuries

  4. By George on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Too much doom and gloom already. The Packers have depth and will find a way to win.

  5. By BrettGB on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t worry We’re deep so we’ll be ok.

  6. By pack15forever on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Unfortunately injuries are part of the game. As Packer fans we are focused on our team’s injuries and there is no doubt that the Packers have had more than their fair share but we are not the only ones. I agree with George that there is too much doom and gloom here.

  7. By Thompson Fried Steak on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    It’s that playing surface at the stadium and the practice field.

  8. By Eric on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    If you keep up with other teams as well, you’ll realize its not only the packers. Denver just lost Matt Prater for 4 weeks due to alcohol abuse, and Wes Welker went out yesterday with a concussion. Sam Bradford on the Rams also left the game the other day because of a knee injury. Sammy Watkins is out for the Bills with a rib injury. Foster is questionable for the texans again for the Texans, and the 49ers defense has taken about four hits all together through the offseason and preseason. I think the NFL should rethink preseason to maybe 2 games. The players are getting injured before the season even starts and for what? Nothing. None of these games matter.

  9. By usdcoyotesfan on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    It’s past time to fire this training staff. It’s not bad luck that we’ve led the league in players placed on IR 3 of the last 4 years and 4 of the last 6. That comes down to an inept medical staff.

  10. By Tony Baker on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    This is the list of guys we absolutely cannot afford to lose for significant time: Rodgers, Matthews, Peppers, Cobb/Nelson (we can survive without one or the other for a few weeks, but not the whole season), Bulaga, Lacy.

    Any other injuries can be overcome, even Raji. Sure we don’t have depth at nose, but I think we might see Capers open up the playbook and try to ease the burden on the front three a little bit. I’m not so concerned about the run defense.

    Now PLEASE give us a healthy secondary, and I think we finally have a D worthy of this team.

  11. By Terrance on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I find it troubling that he’s not wearing any knee bracing in the above picture, ESPESCIALLY after having injured his knee prior to this. I think the training staff needs to be evaluated at this point…

  12. By Justin on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Prater’s suspension?… Oh yeah, exactly the same thing

  13. By bearhunter58 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    changing the # of pre season games, turf at the field, packers are snake-bit — nope it boils down to 230- 330 lb players flying around & hitting each other or just planting on a foot to make a cut – its soft connective tissue and its goin to happen..

    too everyone

  14. By ed on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I’m confused! This is football they are playing?
    Big, strong, fast men hitting each other.
    Injury free is a moronic statement.
    Grow up, play or watch the game.

  15. By greg L in FL on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    There should be one preseason game and two more regular. especially if we are going over seas. Practices squads are there to tune up your team. Wake up commish! If a player has to get hurt I would rather it be at practice then a meaningless preseason game. However I think the Pack will do just fine this year.

  16. By Jeff on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I feel doom and gloom because we have a very hard first stretch of games in the regular season. Really need everyone healthy and this is obviously not going to happen. Injuries will happen for sure, but we have four already on IR. Our starting center out for ‘weeks’ which could mean half the season in packer terms and on of our ILB is all banged up and will at least miss the chiefs.

  17. By 9hydra on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Maybe we should rethink the number of first-team reps in the preseason. Obviously they needed Tretter to get some playing time with Rodgers beyond practice, but the longer we keep our first string on the field the more we open ourselves up to unnecessary injuries in exhibition games (and I know this injury happened right away, but who might we lose next week?).

    I’m not really confident in Boyd moving to NT to replace Raji. I wonder if we can pick someone else off waivers from teams with a deeper DL. I know the plan is for a smaller, faster, younger DL, but we also need some experience and size to stop runs. Especially with teams like Seattle and Carolina, and even Minnesota.

  18. By Steve on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Why was Tretter out there for 49 plays after the injury? Significant knee mostly means IR

  19. By SBZ069 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I have to agree with usdcoyotesfan…I believe the strength and conditioning staff needs to be looked at. Whether they’re are doing a good enough job or if it’s the players not following the programs laid out for them leading to more injuries…either way the staff needs to be evaluated and if players aren’t following their specific conditioning programs maybe disciplinary actions need to be taken.

  20. By ed on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Damn, someone with a brain.

  21. By CAW on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    It’s possible we might find Center depth after cuts later this month.

    Think we have depth on the DL so though Raji is going to be missed, I don’t think it’s that big of an issue.

  22. By Bryan on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    You’re aware that the above picture is from St. Louis and not Friday’s home game against Oakland right?

  23. By MikefromChicago on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I am actually excited about Linsley, he is a true center. He would have been a wasted draft pick, but now he has a chance.

  24. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I like your comment, Ed; “Grow up, play, or watch the game” Too much whining going on. I just watch, I’m too old to play anymore, and I refuse to grow up. This is football, guys get hurt. Eric pointed out several injuries to other teams, and there are even more, for those who don’t really follow the NFL. We can tell by the comments which posters don’t get it. It’s going to be a great year! Go Pack Go..

  25. By Brandon on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    No worries fellow Packer fans! We have a back up center and some depth to our O-line. Even if turns out that Linsley isn’t ready, I still wouldn’t trip. Defensively, I think the adjustments they made after MJD’s td says enough, and we were already Raji-less at that point in the game. I don’t mean to devalue either of them, but we’re still sitting pretty for the start of the season. Besides, Tretter is only out for “multiple weeks”, not the whole season.

  26. By Bill S. on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    News Now! Packers decide not to get any more significant injuries to starters until after midway portion of the schedule! Then it will be limited to positions that are exceptionally deep in talent

  27. By jason on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    jason spitz reunion?

  28. By Dave on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Tretter got hurt in first series, yet MM allowed him to play the whole first half with the injury. Probably was not serious to begin with, but by allowing him to continue playing with the injury, it only made it worse. The timing between center and QB is critical. Now all of that has been thrown out. Why risk your starting center in a meaningless game? Most of the time, if a guy slightly twists an ankle, he pulls them in a regular season game. Makes no sense. I don’t want to hear next man up. If the next man up was so good, he would not be the next man up. Can’t run out an get a center now. Throws into question whether the Packers will be able to go with no huddle offense to start season. When MM says multiple weeks for Tretter, we all know that means surgery and out at least the first 8 weeks as he will be placed on IR. This is what you get when you have a GM that doesn’t want to pay for OL and fans have to place their hopes on 5th round draft picks to protect Rodgers.

  29. By Bill S. on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Due to our bad luck injury history, everybody cringes with each injury. In reality, I think we are still in good shape starting the season but certainly don’t want to see any more starters go down. When we won the S.B. in 2010, there were a bunch of significant injuries during the coarse of the season. Fortunately they weren’t season ending and we got most of those guys back prior to the playoff run. That is really the best you can hope for, since injuries are part of the game.

  30. By karlander on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    We are kinxed again, Both these injuries are not good news and are already casting doubt on the depth of the defensive and offensive line. You have to become worried Tretter is simply another Nick Perry, one of those players incapable of staying healthy and injury free. Injuries starting to take thrir toll

  31. By Dave on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Take a look at Seahawks injury report. Oh, there isn’t any. All starters are healthy and will be ready to go against the Packers.

  32. By Alan on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    It is not doom and gloom:it is simply the weariness of observing the same injury scenario every year with the Packers. My question stands. Why did Tretter return to the game for 49 snaps after hurting his knee? This is not whining, but a legitimate query that the team is accountable to answer and address.

  33. By Nick on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Tretter will be back. In the meantime his replacement will be getting playing time. I believe at the beginning of the season the center position was open. So let’s not panic. The Rams lost Sam Bradford for the season. Now that’s a lethal blow..

  34. By Dave on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Nothing like having a rookie center going up against the best defensive line in football with only one week of snaps with starting QB to get ready. Oh yea, in the noisiest stadium in football too.

  35. By douglas baker on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    This is bs. Every year now major hits. Take a look at our first adversary…no serious injuries. Someone in doing something wrong to destroy our chances…Someone needs to be fired…

  36. By Dave on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    3 out of the first 4 games on the road with a rookie center. Not a good way to start. Corey Linsley was not all that impressive at Ohio State. He looked helpless against Michigan State. He isn’t playing in the weak Big 10 anymore.

  37. By Chris on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I love all the idiots already saying its a gonna be another lost season.. relax injuries happen.. Is Rodgers healthy.. Yes.. so all is good.. we could be the Rams who just lost Sam Bradford for the whole year again.

  38. By mike on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    The NFL has to expand rosters ..I know they are worried about dunks over goal posts but come on man.. SNAP out of it ..NFL is not a Government agency ..right ??

  39. By douglas baker on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I am so angry right now. If you look at the average injury reports for all the teams starters. Greenbay seems to be above the rest. I’ve been a fan since 1962 and I have to tell you somethin is terribly wrong with the training of the great team over the past few years. If I didn’t know better I would think it was sabatoge. Please get rid of Capers, Thompson and the whole coaching staff. They are ruining a great team.

  40. By Chris on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Also if D-line depth is a huge concern with the Raji injury. remember Pickett is only a phone call away, if TT chooses to go that route..

  41. By Dave on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Corey Linsley has 10 days to get in sync with Rodgers. However, with the practice rules in the NFL, that’s about 5 practices before the Thursday night opener in Seattle.

  42. By evodriver06 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Never should have let EDS go, a completely stupid move, especially when he was signed for a contract that had no guaranteed money and was only 3.5 a year. We’re sitting with over 12 mil in cap space right now, no reason EDS shouldn’t be in Green n Yellow right now. This really sucks, there’s a reason Tretter was starting over Linsley, lets hope this kid steps up to the plate, we should of drafted a C in the 3rd over Thornton. Lets hope this is the end of the injuries for a while.

  43. By Dave on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    I would imagine Seattle will blitz quite often up the middle.

  44. By Ky Packer Fan on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Have a beer and relax a little, it’s a game for entertainment, not meant to rise your BP; chillax dude.

  45. By Alan on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    According to ESPN, Tretter’s knee didn’t start bothering him until half time. Apparently he thought he was just nicked until it got worse. The thought of playing 49 snaps with a fractured kneecap still doesn’t make sense to me. The Packers are simply going to have to buckle it up; what other alternative is there? At least Tretter may make it back by midseason.

  46. By jeepman5 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Really, Douglas? Fire the guys that made the team good to begin with…you are hilarious…I wish doom and gloomers would just be REAL packer fans and back the WHOLE team…geez…if the d and g’ers were in charge they’d go ahead and forfeit the whole season right now…”two injuries!! We give up these next sixteen games and we’ll wait for next year.” Unbelievable…it’s FOOTBALL, and none of the d and g’ers have won a Super Bowl in the last 5 years…let’s be fans and see what happens…

  47. By banky74 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Been a fan of this team for four decades now and this is just incredibly disheartening. Year after year, major injuries. What’s the point of getting into the playoffs if we don’t have the healthy personnel to get to the SB?

    In the first five games of the season, we have Seattle, Detroit and Minnesota for three of them. All teams with extremely good defensive lines going against a center that wasn’t very good in college.

    The Tretter injury is definitely worse than losing Raji because Raji is usually only on the field when we’re in our base 3-4. But Raji was also our only big guy on the line that can really stuff the run with his size. I’m sick to death of every year seeing Adrian Peterson run all over us and now with no run stopper, I’d hate to see what he’s going to do to us twice this year.

    Capers is going to have to get very creative with his defensive play calling in order for us to improve against the run. Wish I had more faith in Capers though.

  48. By Big Buck 44 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    Here’s an idea. Next year in the draft, we need 3 more wide receivers….. don’t worry about our D-line, or our O-line….we will dominate 7 on 7 drills though.

  49. By tundraboy57 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    This is just cruel, bad luck and perhaps we will one day catch a break. Thing that amazes me it is never a third stringer, never! Finley,Quarles,Harris……

  50. By tundraboy57 on Aug 24, 2014 | Reply

    When was the last time we had an injury not be worse than we all are now conditioned to fear. Every initial injury seems to turn into season and career ending. Never seen anything like it these past few years.

  51. By Jon on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    “Blah blah blah, I know more about medically preparing players than an NFL training staff”

    Alright, dudes.

  52. By Booner on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    One week to get ready for the best defense in the NFL with a rookie center in that Stadium? McCarthy and Capers need to pull a rabbit out of a hat! GO Pack Go!!!!!!

  53. By petermaiz on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    Raji’s injury is bad for the team. He may be hard to replace and put pressure stopping the run. Please, no doom and gloom. Tretter is out for several weeks, not an eternity.

  54. By Michael on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    Josh Boyd should be able to fill in for Raji. Its not necessary the size of the nose tackle, but its being strong, holding the point and being able to penetrate up the field. Saying that Boyd is a big dude and has done great in preseason. If Brad Jones can’t go, I have full confidence in Sam Barrington. The lost of our starting center is not good, but Linsey can play and will do good. We still have a great team. Injuries happen, but we have good depth.

  55. By BobKacz on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    Hmmm…lots of injuries to be sure…lost season? I don’t think so. Team still finds a way to the playoffs and anything can happen in the playoffs (6th seed won it all in ’11). So please give up on all the injuries…part of the violent game we have come to know and love.

  56. By James Marshall on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    Knee bracing inhibits correct functioning of the knee.
    As does improper strength training.

  57. By James Marshall on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    As a strength and conditioning coach, I would be fuming if one of my players got injured, and then was told to play the rest of the game.

  58. By gbpshareholder on Aug 25, 2014 | Reply

    I love the line “It’s unfortunate but it will not stop us,”. Push on and play some Packer Football, GO PACK GO!!!

  59. By Douglas on Aug 26, 2014 | Reply

    Green Bay was never likely to bury Seattle on opening night. McCarthy has done everything to show the hurry-up offense, run as many plays as possible.
    I think you may see a much more methodical, time consuming offense out of Green Bay. Put the crowd to sleep, let them yell the entire 40 seconds, then snap the ball. Pound the Rock, and dump the screen. the Seattle Offense is efficient too. Keep the Ball out of their hands and frustrate them.

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