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Crabtree to Have X-Ray

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.

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BoxStuffer's picture

Hoping for the best for Crabtree.

That was a clean, legal hit to me. If not, then I don't know how you're supposed to play safety anymore.

Chad Toporski's picture

Have to agree. Though I also have to agree that he could have wrapped him up just as easily.

Exemplifies the current state of the NFL and injury prevention.

bryce's picture

If Mays puts his head forward even slightly to try to wrap him up, he risks a head on head collision...or a broken neck for himself.

Drew's picture

If a player has the choice between wrapping up and hitting a player hard why wouldn't they take the hard hit? Without hard hitting Taylor Mays doesn't have a job. A wrap-up makes it almost sure that Crabtree makes that catch while the hard hit increases the chance he drops it immensely.

aussiepacker's picture

Agreed Box, i dig Crabtree but those sort of hits are part of the reason i watch football. There was a hell of a lot more defensive plays that should have had a flag thrown that didn't. That was just a straight up good shot.

bryce's picture


Kt's picture

Clean hit to be sure, but necessary for an established player to lay one on like that in a preseason game?

ZeroTolerance's picture

Does Finley go home if the game counted?

bryce's picture

I hope so. As Vince said: God, family, football, in that order.

Chris Davis's picture

Clean Hit ... without a doubt. That should not have been a penalty. Crabtree has to be commended for holding on to the ball, this is the kind of TE we need. Go Miami Redhawks (thats were he went to school) and Jeff Pica (high school Coach)

Carl's picture

Even Crabtree admits openly that it was a good clean hit and he saw it coming. It was a classic crusher. That said, in the split second it takes to make that call, it could have gone either way.

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