August 15 update: Ian Rapoport is reporting Gesicki suffered “a mild dislocated shoulder”, but is also using the term “AC joint injury.” A sports medicine doctor from The 33rd Team noted that there is some significant difference between an AC separation and a “mild dislocation of the shoulder”. HIs status for Week 1 seems to be in question for the time being.
A mild AC separation carries a rather quick recovery for a TE. A “mild dislocation” of the shoulder is another story (he may have had a similar injury with Miami). Hoping it’s not a major setback for Gesicki, but frustrating nonetheless. Will have to wait for clarification. https://t.co/5aolAss3BK— DocFlynn (@DocFlynnNFL) August 15, 2023
New New England Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki was seen leaving the practice field with an apparent arm injury on Monday, per Evan Lazar. Lazar mentioned that Gesicki was in discomfort. We likely won’t get much information on this injury from head coach Bill Belichick, so we’ll probably need to wait to see if and when he practices next.
Gesicki was added in free agency this offseason after five years with the Miami Dolphins. With Mike McDaniel taking over in 2022, Gesicki had his worst season, seeing only 52 targets and one start. His inconsistency as a blocker has always hurt his chances to stay on the field, but in New England he’ll likely not be asked to block as much.
Incumbent tight end Hunter Henry has had the edge over Gesicki in training camp and looks to be the No. 1 tight end for targets on the team at this point.