Though it went largely unnoticed during the Green Bay Packers' 33-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, center JC Tretter suffered a knee injury late in regulation. The team did not know the full severity of the injury at the time, but it appears to have received some good news Tuesday. Via to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Tretter's agent says the offensive lineman "dodged a bullet" and has only a slight MCL sprain.
Until last Sunday, Tretter had successfully avoided the injuries that had haunted him over the first three years of his career. He broke his ankle during his first OTA practice as a rookie and saw a different knee injury send him to the sidelines just before the start of the 2014 season. It remains unclear whether Tretter misses any time due to his MCL sprain, though the severity appears minimal compared to previous injuries.
Should Tretter miss time, the Packers have several options including activating former starter Corey Linsley off the physically unable to perform list. Linsley has spent the past few weeks practicing with the team and, with Monday's release of running back Knile Davis, already has an open roster spot waiting for him. If Linsley needs more time, Green Bay could kick T.J. Lang over to center -- a move they have done in the past -- and fill the vacated spot at right guard with Don Barclay. Alternatively, Barclay could step in at center directly.
Tretter has played well as the Packers' new starting center in 2016, yielding few pressures and becoming sturdier in the ground game. Tretter's strong play has put him in position to potentially receive a long-term extension.