By Jay Skurski
The start to the professional career of Akron's J.C. Tretter with the Green Bay Packers is almost certain to be delayed after he broke his ankle during practice Monday.
Tretter's agent, Alan Herman, spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the injury, saying that Tretter got his cleat caught in the turf during a field drill.
"It's like they're trying to slide into second base and he got his cleat caught and his ankle rolled over and broke," Herman told the newspaper. "Why they're practicing a fumble drill, I don't know. There's not supposed to be contact. That's a silly drill. Why have big 300-pound guys slide like that in OTAs?"
Herman suggested the injury will take about six months to fully heal. That could make him a candidate for the injured reserve, designated to return rule that the NFL instituted last year.
Tretter was expected to have surgery within 24 hours, with screws and a plate inserted to repair the torn ligament.
Tretter was not available this evening when contacted by The News.