Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree will have an X-Ray on his injured right shoulder today, according to Crabtree’s public relations representative, Alex Tallitsch of First String Public Relations.
Crabtree was injured in Thursday’s preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals and had to leave the game when safety Taylor Mays put a hard hit on the tight end in which Crabtree had to extend himself on a first-quarter throw over the middle of the field. Impressively, Crabtree hung on for a 22-yard reception from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Mays was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul by hitting a defenseless receiver, although analysts and observers have debated whether the hit was clean or not.
Tallitsch added that the tight end doesn’t think his injury is bad, but the severity won’t be known until the results of the X-Ray are in. Even though Crabtree’s head hit the ground following the hit, there’s been no indication of a concussion.
The injury to Crabtree left the Packers thin at the tight end position last evening when they already had four tight ends missing before the game: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams and DeMarco Cosby.
It was expected that Quarless and Cosby would miss the game, but on Friday morning Finley left Cincinnati to return to Green Bay to be there for the birth of his second child. Williams didn’t play with an ankle injury.
That left the Packers with only three healthy tight ends coming into the game and only two after Crabtree left: Ryan Taylor and Brandon Bostick.