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Corey Linsley’s back shouldn’t keep him out of the Packers’ SNF matchup with the Steelers

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that center Corey Linsley shouldn’t miss Sunday’s game due to a troublesome back.

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The Green Bay Packers practiced earlier this week without starting center Corey Linsley after his back seized up on him. However, head coach Mike McCarthy said he doesn’t expect Linsley’s back to keep him sidelined during Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Linsley’s back knocked him out Thursday, forcing the Packers to shuffle their offensive line just to make it through the morning practice. Justin McCray, who has played extensively at guard and tackle already this season, shifted inside to center for the first time in his career. He would start there if Linsley doesn’t recover in time for play Sunday, though that doesn’t appear likely given McCarthy’s comments.

Only two offensive linemen -- Linsley and right guard Jahri Evans -- have started every game for the Packers this season. Linsley becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason, making him one of the top priorities for the front office to re-sign.