Packers’ Starting C Corey Linsley Returns from IR

Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (9905393bu)

Green Bay Packers’ offensive line is set to get a major help in the remaining two games of the regular season in which the team has a chance to clinch the NFC title and get a first-round bye for the playoffs.

The Packers announced on Tuesday that they’d activated starting center Corey Linsley from injured reserve, with the 29-year-old player immediately joining his teammates for practice. He is expected to be on the field for the upcoming Sunday Night Football clash against Tennessee Titans.

Linsley was out since late November when he suffered a knee injury in a 41-25 win against the Chicago Bears. In his absence, the Packers were forced to reshuffle their offensive line, starting Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins at the center and moving Lucas Patrick to left guard.

While Jenkins did a good job, the return of Corey Linsley will further fortify the team’s O-line considering he was one of the best centers in the league before the injury. Linsley didn’t have a single penalty in 2020 while allowing just one sack and two pressures on star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Linsley is playing his seventh season with the Packers, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He has 97 career starts for Green Bay.