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Packers center Corey Linsley has sprained MCL, per report

The Packers are getting some good news on their injured starting center.

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The Green Bay Packers are getting some good news on Monday morning on center Corey Linsley’s knee injury. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Linsley’s injury is believed to be a sprained MCL, a relatively mild injury given the circumstances.

Linsley had to be helped from the field by members of the Packers’ medical staff after a Chicago defensive lineman fell into his leg in the first half. He was later taken to the locker room by cart, and although head coach Matt LaFleur said after the game that early indications were that Linsley’s injury was not serious, it was still unclear exactly what Linsley’s status would be going forward.

The Packers likely be without Linsley for the immediate future, though long term he may be available, especially if the Packers are able to secure the top playoff seed in the NFC and the corresponding first-round bye. In the meantime, the Packers’ plans regarding replacing Linsley will be worth watching.

The last two times Linsley has been hurt, the Packers have turned to Elgton Jenkins, sliding rookie Jon Runyan Jr. in at guard. That would seem to be the Packers’ preferred option going forward, but Lucas Patrick has also played center on occasion and could be an option if the Packers feel that Runyan is better suited at right guard than on the left.