The early report on the Mike Gesicki injury appears promising
It would appear that the Patriots may have dodged a bullet with the scary-looking shoulder injury that took tight end Mike Gesicki out of Monday’s practice session. At least based on the latest word from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
[Gesicki] suffered a mild dislocated shoulder during yesterday’s practice, source said,” Rapoport tweeted Tuesday morning. “While nothing is given, the hope is he’s back for Week 1 despite the AC joint injury.”
Based on the wording of Rapoport’s tweet, Gesicki’s preseason appears to be over before it truly started. But the good news is that the focus has seemingly shifted to Week 1, which is sounds like a legitimate possibility based on the injury’s timeline.
Signed by the Patriots in March to a one-year deal worth up to $9 million, Gesicki is coming off a 2022 season that featured 32 receptions, 362 receiving yards, and five touchdowns in 17 games with Miami. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end out of Penn State is also not too far removed from what was a career year, with career-highs in catches (73) and yards (780) in 2021.
Overall, the 2018 second-round pick has totaled 231 catches for 2,617 yards and 18 touchdowns in 81 career games.
With Gesicki out, the Patriots’ preseason tight end depth chart remains headlined by Hunter Henry, but now features Anthony Firkser, Matt Sokol, Scotty Washington, and Johnny Lumpkin all moving up the board.
After wrapping things up in Foxborough, the Patriots have embarked out to Wisconsin, and will be out in Green Bay for joint practices with the Packers ahead of their Saturday night preseason showdown at Lambeau Field.