Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show that rookie center Corey Linsley should be considered for the Pro Bowl, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Linsley was a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State in May's draft and was expected to backup center J.C. Tretter this season. When Tretter fractured his knee just two weeks before the start of the regular season, Linsley was thrust into a starting role.
"Corey has played as solid as anybody," Rodgers said. "I think at some point there needs to be a little bit of campaigning about him for Pro Bowl. He's played that good. He doesn't have the name recognition yet. A lot of times, you get voted in the year after you deserve to and maybe a year longer than you deserve to, as they say."
Linsley plays alongside veteran guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang on Green Bay's offensive line, and Rodgers said he thinks Sitton and Lang would agree that Linsley's been playing at "a really high level."
In October, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that if things kept going the way they were going, Linsley's start would be considered "one of the most impressive situations that a young player has stepped up and performed in my time here."
Green Bay (6-3) hosts the Eagles (7-2) on Sunday.
- Molly Geary