Green Bay Packers center J.C. Tretter will miss “multiple weeks” with a knee injury sustained in Friday’s preseason win over the Oakland Raiders, but is not expected to need surgery.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tretter’s agent said there is no ligament damage to Tretter’s knee.
“I don’t know what they’re calling it yet,” Alan Herman said. “But it seems to be some type of bone bruise. … I don’t think it’s anything that’ll be an extended period of time.”
Tretter was hurt early in Friday’s 31-21 win over the Raiders and was checked by team physician Dr. Patrick McKenzie after the Packers’ first offensive series.
He went back in and played 45 snaps before he began to have difficulty.
“Once the ones went out of the game and once he settled down, that’s when it started bothering him,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It was bothering him at halftime, then when I got back in here after the game they ended up putting him on crutches.”
Tretter had won the starting center job in camp, beating out fifth-round draft pick Corey Linsley.
He missed all of his rookie season last year after breaking his ankle in organized team activities in May 2013.
“When I see J.C. Tretter on crutches, I think of him walking in here to work every single day since February and seeing what he’s put into it,” McCarthy said. “B.J. Raji, he was in the best shape and having the best camp of his career. Don Barclay, standing right next to J.C. every single day since February. So that’s the hard part about it, what the individual has to go through. This is not an issue for the whole team. This is the way the NFL is. Injuries are part of the game, it’s unfortunate.”
Herman said Tretter’s recovery could be three to six weeks. Linsley will take over as the starting center with Tretter out.