Corey Linsley started the 2016 season on the physically unable to perform list due to a torn hamstring and missed the Green Bay Packers' opening six games. While the center doesn't appear in jeopardy of losing regular-season action this year, he could miss part of the team's offseason program after undergoing surgery on his ankle, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Linsley had the procedure performed to "remove loose particles" from his ankle, which he sprained late in 2015. That initial injury might have caused the hamstring tear that plagued him last offseason.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Linsley became the Packers' starting center at the tail end of his first preseason following a knee injury to JC Tretter. Linsley played well enough to enter his second year as the presumptive starter, though Tretter regained the job last August due to injury. Linsley reclaimed the position roughly midway through the season and expects to start again in 2017.
Linsley enters the final season of his four-year rookie contract. He has started 45 games for the Packers including the playoffs.