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Corey Linsley questionable to return with a back injury

The Packers’ starting center left the game with a back injury late in the first quarter.

NFL: NFC Championship-Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers are reshuffling their offensive line again as center Corey Linsley is heading to the locker room.

Linsley was shown walking very gingerly as he left the field late in the first quarter and the Packers soon reported he is questionable to return with a back injury.

Elgton Jenkins took over at center for the Packers’ third drive, a notable change from how the Packers have previously handled Linsley’s absences. In the past, guard Lucas Patrick has often taken over in the middle, but Jenkins also has experience at center. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has never formally committed to a backup center but has repeatedly mentioned his desire to get his “best five” linemen on the field, whoever that may be. Rookie Jon Runyan stepped in at Jenkins’ vacant left guard spot.

This is not the first time in recent memory that Linsley has dealt with a back issue. He missed time on two occasions last year with a back injury and showed up on the injury report earlier this season with a back injury as well.

UPDATE: The Packers announced during halftime that Linsley will be out for the remainder of the game.