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Monday, September 1, 2014

Packers Injury Update: Brandon Bostick expected to miss Week 1

By on 9/01/2014 04:30:00 PM

The 2014 NFL season begins on Thursday after a busy seven-month offseason throughout the league. Teams are now finished with Organized Team Activities, training camp, a four-game preseason, and roster cuts.  Avoiding injuries were a top priority, but many athletes became casualties while practicing or playing in preseason.  Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick fell victim to a leg injury last week, and is expected to miss Thursday's NFL kickoff versus the Seattle Seahawks. According to Bob McGinn from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bostick may actually even miss more time than previously thought.

Bostick suffered a slight fracture of the fibula in his right leg catching a pass last Saturday in a preseason game versus the St. Louis Rams. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Bostick would miss a couple of weeks:
He's going through the process. Once he starts running on it, I think we'll know more.
Bostick, arguably the fastest and most explosive of the team's six tight ends, played well in the two exhibition games. The 25 year-old had seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown last season, his first year as an NFL athlete.

Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot spoke about Bostick's injury:
He's done some good things but not necessarily to outshine anybody else. He has been improving steadily. I'd say he's come a long way, but he still has a long way to go. That's the good news. He can get a lot better.
Bostick was a wide receiver and basketball player at Newberry College, and has become a decent blocker after struggling to block at all as a rookie in 2012. "He's been as good (blocking) as anybody in the room," said Fontenot. "It's really because of effort."
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The Sentinel reports that the best-case scenario is for Bostick to return by Week 2 or Week 3, while the worst-case scenario is the tight end being out until sometime in October.  He was set to potentially be the top pass-catching tight end in the Packers' offense, but that plan is derailed for the moment.

With Bostick unavailable early in the season, the Packers probably will have to keep three and perhaps four other tight ends. Veterans Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner along with rookie Justin Perillo are now the top candidates to start Week 1.  Former Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley remains a free agent after his November spinal fusion surgerty, but there is no word if the Packers will bring him back.

The Green Bay Packers open up their season on Thursday, September 4th versus the Seattle Seahawks at 8:30 pm EST in Seattle.

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