Corey Linsley will start at center for the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in the loudest stadium in the NFL, CenturyLink Field, without having had a single snap with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in preseason play.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin can’t help but feel sorry for him.
“I’m going to pray for him,” Irvin told reporters Tuesday. “It’s going to be a long night, man. We’ve got to just take advantage of it.”
The Packers’ starter at center, JC Tretter, sustained a fracture to his left knee during an Aug. 22 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Tretter’s agent, Alan Herman, told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky that he expects the Packers to place Tretter on short-term injured reserve.
Besides dealing with the noise, Linsley will be tasked with trying to stop Brandon Mebane, one of the best nose tackles in the NFL, who anchors the defensive line for the defending Super Bowl champions. Seattle had the NFL’s top defense last season.
“All the weaknesses that [Linsley] shows us, we’ve got to expose it,” Irvin told reporters. “Hopefully, Bane going to do what I know he’s going to do to him. So, we’ve just got to be ready.”
Irvin is on the Seahawks’ active roster despite not participating in training camp as he recovered from hip surgery. He said he’ll be playing Thursday.
“Oh yeah. I ain’t supposed to say this, but yeah, I’ll be out there Thursday,” he said.
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