Tretter's Final Week on PUP Includes Firsts

J.C. Tretter, a versatile rookie offensive lineman who is coming back from a broken ankle, talks about what's ahead with a deadline looming.

J.C. Tretter passed through one milestone on Wednesday and is hopeful he'll pass another on Thursday.

Tretter, a fourth-round pick out of Cornell, broke his fibula and sustained ligament damage in his ankle on the first day of organized team activities. Tretter, a versatile center/guard prospect who even took snaps at right tackle during the rookie camp, was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp and remains there today. He just started his third week of practice. The Packers have until Tuesday to put him on the active roster or shut him down until next year.

On Wednesday, Tretter took part in his first team drills. On Thursday, he'll put on the pads for the first time.

As for the team's thinking with a deadline approaching, Tretter wasn't sure what was in store.

"A lot of it depends on how this week goes," he said. "This will be my first -- and maybe my last – team drills for the year. (Thursday), we'll put on the pads, I think – I said that the last time and we didn't, so that still has a little asterisk by it. We'll throw on pads and that will be my first time in pads. We'll see how it goes. It depends on how today, tomorrow and a little bit on Friday goes."

Despite the lack of practice time, Tretter said he feels on top of the playbook, having kept his nose in his iPad playbook and alert in meetings and at practice.

"Obviously, I've gotten smarter," he said. "You can learn just from watching other people play – watching Evan (Dietrich-Smith), watching T.J. (Lang), watching Josh (Sitton), watching the inside guys and see how they handle different movements and different stunts and what they try out. You're always learning. Obviously, it's easier when you're learning by actually doing it but when you're in my situation, you have to take mental reps and you have to learn from others doing it."

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