Tight end Andrew Quarless will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, head coach Mike McCarthy announced during his Monday press conference.
McCarthy did not get into the specifics regarding Quarless’ injury. The tight end was injured on special teams covering a fourth-quarter kickoff in Sunday’s 38-35 Packers win over the Giants in New York.
Quarless’ initial diagnosis was as a “significant knee sprain” in the immediate aftermath of yesterday’s victory, though it’s probably safe to say his injury is more severe than just a sprain.
“He will have surgery here in the upcoming weeks,” McCarthy said of Quarless.
More than likely, Quarless will be placed on injured reserve and the Packers will make a player transaction.
Because they have five tight ends on their roster, the Packers probably will not sign another player at that position.
Inside linebacker and offensive line areas on the team that are getting thin with injuries to A.J. Hawk, Desmond Bishop, Josh Sitton and Chad Clifton that prevented all four of them from playing this past Sunday. Whether the Packers add a player at one of those positions remains to be seen.
Though his playing time has decreased this season compared to a year ago when he became the starter late in season after an injury to Jermichael Finley, Quarless seemed to be developing nicely.
His blocking, in particular, made him a valuable part of the Packers offense.
Whether Quarless’ injury impacts the perceived need to sign Finley to a future contract is a development worth watching as well. Finley is a free agent at season’s end.