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Packers TE Luke Musgrave designated to return from injured reserve

Musgrave was placed on injured reserve for a lacerated kidney in Week 12.

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On Thursday, Green Bay Packers tight end Luke Musgrave returned to practice for the first time since being placed on the injured reserve in Week 12. Musgrave lacerated his kidney against the Los Angeles Chargers, leading to him missing the last few weeks of action.

Now that Musgrave’s 21-day practice window has opened, the Packers have the option to bring him back during the regular season. Due to the timing of his practice window, a decision on Musgrave’s status must be made by at least the Wildcard round of the playoffs — should Green Bay make it that far.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, the expectation is that Musgrave might be able to return to the field as soon as next week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Prior to his injury, Musgrave had started every game for the Packers as a rookie tight end. Since Musgrave left the lineup, that starting role has been overtaken by fellow rookie Tucker Kraft.

On the season, Musgrave has recorded 33 receptions for 341 yards and a touchdown. Kraft has posted 18 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns in 2023.

For Musgrave to join the 53-man roster, the Packers would need to make a corresponding roster move, as Green Bay’s active roster is currently full. Musgrave is the third player off of the injured reserve to return to practice this week, as running back Emanuel Wilson and offensive tackle Luke Tenuta began practicing with the team on Wednesday.