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Packers center Corey Linsley has torn hamstring, no surgery expected

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The Packers' former starting center reveals the true nature of the injury that has kept him sidelined all training camp.

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As the lone player remaining on the Green Bay Packers' physically unable to perform list, Corey Linsley has faced many questions over the past month regarding his health. Now, the center reveals that the hamstring injury that has sidelined him all training camp is in fact torn, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette's Ryan Wood.

Linsley's hamstring started bothering him back in May, though the team did not consider the injury overly serious at the time. He then suffered a setback in July and hasn't practice with the team since. Though torn hamstrings sometimes require surgery, Linsley stated that his should not require surgery.

Because Linsley hasn't participated in training camp, Green Bay can either keep him on the PUP at the outset of the regular season or could opt to move him to injured reserve, though the latter appears unlikely at this juncture.

The news come on the heels of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announcing that JC Tretter had won the starting center job. Tretter, who the team drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, originally lost the position to Linsley after suffering a severe injury of his own.

With Linsley out for the foreseeable future, only Tretter and T.J. Lang have any regular-season experience at center with the Packers. That fact could affect which backup offensive linemen general manager Ted Thompson decides to keep at final cutdown.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.