The Green Bay Packers could be without rookie tight end Luke Musgrave in their Week 8 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
Musgrave suffered an ankle injury after taking a nasty hit from Kareem Jackson, which resulted in a two-game suspension for the Denver Broncos safety. Musgrave was unable to return to the game, which is a concern for the Packers moving forward.
Head coach Matt LaFleur didn't provide any injury updates when he spoke to the media, but Musgrave did make a public appearance on Tuesday evening.
Luke Musgrave injury: Packers tight end taking it 'day by day'
Luke Musgrave was a guest on Clubhouse Live. The most notable takeaway is that he was wearing a walking boot.
He didn't appear to have any limitations when walking, and a walking boot doesn't necessarily mean it's a significant injury, but it's noteworthy nonetheless. Musgrave was asked about when he could return.
"As soon as possible. We're kind of just going to take it day by day for now, and we'll see how it goes, but as soon as possible," said Musgrave.
"Day by day" suggests the injury isn't significant, and the Packers haven't placed him on injured reserve, which is a good sign. Green Bay certainly hopes he doesn't miss much time.
Musgrave already has a featured role in Matt LaFleur's offense, having played on 69 percent of the snaps this season. That number would have been higher had he not left two games early due to injury. The next closest is Josiah Deguara, who has played on 33.4 percent of the snaps.
The Packers clearly believe in Musgrave's potential as a receiver and blocker. He has caught 22 of 28 targets for 189 yards this season.
There have been rookie mistakes, including running a wrong route against the Las Vegas Raiders, but that's hardly surprising. Tight ends face a steep learning curve from college, and Musgrave has been thrown into starting duties as a rookie.
Not only does Musgrave make the Packers' offense better, but each snap he plays is crucial to his development. Hopefully, he won't face too long out with this injury.