Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick left Saturday’s preseason victory over the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in the first half with what was called a lower leg injury on the game broadcast.
On Monday, coach Mike McCarthy didn’t add any more information to the diagnosis, but confirmed Bostick will miss some time.
“He’ll be a couple weeks,” McCarthy told reporters, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “They were encouraged once they got all the testing done.”
Bostick has been the No. 2 tight end in the first two preseason games behind rookie Richard Rodgers and had two catches for 33 yards so far in the preseason, including one grab for nine yards Saturday. He was hurt on that play and stayed on the field for one more snap before coming out.
With undrafted free agent tight end Colt Lyerla already out for the rest of camp, the depth chart appears to be sorting itself out.
There are now five healthy tight ends on the roster, with Bostick also a key performer on several of the Packers’ special teams units.
Stoneburner was on the active roster for nine games last season after Jermichael Finley went down with a neck injury, meaning he no longer has practice-squad eligibility. So for the second-year player from Ohio State has to make the 53-man roster or he’s gone.
Bostick will be on the roster and it appears Rodgers has played his way onto it as well. Quarless is the most experienced tight end on the squad and Ryan Taylor is a special-teams mainstay.
Undrafted rookie Justin Perillo has had some moments in practice.
Stoneburner, meanwhile, has experience in a no-huddle offense, having played in the spread system at Ohio State.
All of that means it will make for an interesting last couple of weeks leading down to cutdown day.