Back in May, offensive lineman J.C. Tretter broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle, beginning the long stream of injuries that have come to define the Packers' 2013 season. Nearly seven months later, Tretter will finally receive his chance to contribute.
The Packers announced Tuesday that the rookie out of Cornell has been activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Tretter had spent the previous three weeks working out at center, apparently looking good enough to convince the Packers to give him a roster spot. The offensive line has been battered in recent weeks with both center Evan-Dietrich Smith and tackle Don Barclay missing time.
At the time he was drafted, Tretter (6-3, 296 pounds) was believed to be a potential long-term solution at center. That said, with little practice and no live snaps, it's difficult to envision Tretter entering a game unless multiple interior linemen have gone down. Further complicating the matter is the fact that the rookie never played center during his college career. The most likely scenario is for Tretter to take over center duties in the offseason when the aforementioned Dietrich-Smith is an unrestricted free agent.
To make room, the team placed wide receiver Myles White on IR. White spent the entire preseason with Green Bay before being placed on waivers during the final cut down. Soon after, the Packers placed White on the practice squad where he remained until being promoted on October 15 following Randall Cobb's leg injury. White had not been reported as injured prior to the IR designation, which suggests that the Packers merely desired to stash him away while opening up a spot for Tretter.
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