The Green Bay Packers are going to be severely short-handed when they take on the Detroit Lions in their Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup. Aaron Jones was diagnosed with a MCL sprain and will be week-to-week. To mitigate his loss, Green Bay signed their former running back, Patrick Taylor, off of the New England Patriots’ practice squad. They also re-signed James Robinson, who had been with their own practice squad earlier this season.
As it turns out, the Packers’ running back situation will not be the only major concern as they prepare to take on the Lions this Thursday. On Monday, the team’s initial injury report included rookie tight end Luke Musgrave and stated that he was dealing with an abdominal injury. No details were known at the time except that if the Packers had actually practiced, Musgrave would not have.
During his media session today, head coach Matt LaFleur revealed that the injury Musgrave is dealing with is actually very significant and he will not play on Thursday.
Green Bay Packers’ Tight End Luke Musgrave’s Injury Landed Him in the Hospital
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Coach LaFleur said that Musgrave was dealing with a “significant” abdominal injury. He also stated that Musgrave got hurt during the game, but did not say anything to the team until Monday morning.
While the exact nature of the injury is not known, LaFleur did state that Musgrave was taken to the hospital and that it was “a scary situation.” As of Tuesday afternoon, Musgrave has been discharged from the hospital.
LaFleur says that, to his knowledge, Musgrave is now out of the hospital. Called it a scary situation.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 21, 2023
In addition to Musgrave’s injury, veteran Josiah Deguara is questionable for Thursday with a hip injury. This means that the Packers’ tight end group is down to rookies Tucker Kraft and Ben Sims.
As far as how long Musgrave will be out, LaFleur did not say that he would be placed on injured reserve right away. However, he would not rule out a possible IR stint if he does not improve.
This is certainly a big blow for the Packers’ offense. Musgrave is just 23 receiving yards away from breaking Bubba Franks’ team rookie record for receiving yards by a tight end. He was also on pace to challenge Sterling Sharpe’s franchise rookie record for receptions in a season (55).
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Frequently Asked Questions
James Robinson is no longer on the practice squad. The Green Bay Packers have promoted him to the active roster. This move strengthens the team's backfield and ensures Robinson is available for game-day selections.
No, James Robinson was not drafted. He joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent and made a significant impact with the Jacksonville Jaguars, setting a record for scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie in 2020.
James Robinson played college football at Illinois State University. He was a standout running back there before signing as an undrafted free agent in the NFL. His collegiate career has been a foundation for his professional achievements in football.