GREEN BAY — JC Tretter has earned a lot of praise working at center with the starting offensive line this summer.
Now, the fourth-year offensive lineman is in position to possibly stay there.
With Corey Linsley (hamstring) still on the physically unable to perform list, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said during his Monday morning news conference that Tretter has played well enough in his absence to “earn” the starting spot.
Tretter stepped in at center at the start of organized team activities in May and has started each of the Packers’ two preseason games there.
“I think it’s important to recognize what’s going on each and every day, and JC Tretter has had an excellent camp,” McCarthy said. “JC, in my view, has earned the starting position at center. Availability is a big part of what you look for in your players. It’s unfortunate what Corey’s going through and continue to battle to get back out there.
“There’s been a lot of time that’s gone by since he’s been out there. I think JC has done an excellent job.”
Tretter was slated to be the starting center in 2014 before injuring his knee during training camp. He returned midseason, but Linsley already had cemented himself at the position.
Tretter started three games at center during the 2015 regular season when Linsley missed time with an ankle injury and then stepped in for a spot start at left tackle against Washington in the NFC Wild Card Game.
McCarthy also added that receiver Jordy Nelson is still on track to participate in individual drills during Monday’s practice, which begins at 12:15 p.m. CT at Ray Nitschke Field.