PHILADELPHIA: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers High School — already devastated by injuries and missing three starters — took another heavy blow Thursday night, Richard Sherman suffered an Achilles tendon injury early in the first quarter of the 28-22 win against the Eagles and was ruled out for the rest of the play.
“He pulled an Achilles tendon,” said later Bruce Arian’s Buccaneers coach, adding that he didn’t realize how strong the train was. The injury occurred in the seventh game of the Eagles’ first possession when Jalen Hurts connected with Quez Watkins for a 23-yard reception. Sherman tried to run to Watkins but headed.
He was replaced by Dee Delaney.
On Thursday night, the Bucs defensive team missed 11 combined matches this season. Sherman’s signature should give them relief. To make matters worse, the Bucs played the Eagles without a privileged linebacker Lavonte David, their best reportage linebacker.
The Bucs lost the cornerstone of the Sean Murphy pennant, which also serves as nickel, because of the coating of the elbow in week 1. Then, in week 3, they lost the cornerstone #3 Jamel Dean (who has since returned) to a knee injury. In week 4, they lost top cornerback Carlton Davis due to a quadruple injury. Then Antoine Winfield Jr. suffered a concussion with two impulses against the New England Patriots in week 4. Both Murphy Bunting and Davis are in a wounded reserve with no time to return.
“It was definitely a big blow to us,” said outside linebacker Shaq Barrett about Sherman’s injury. “It has put us in a more difficult situation, but we have a lot of people who were ready to move up.
They came and did their thing and held on to it, but we definitely missed the presence of any man who was hurt, hurt, and couldn’t play. We definitely missed these guys.” Arians said he didn’t think the Bucs needed to involve more players in their high school education. “We continue to play with the guys we have and see what happens,” Arians said. “Look how long an injury lasts. And the next man.
“It was Sherman’s third game in 12 days after signing with the Buccaneers on September 29, after not playing or practicing for 288 days. He played everyone but a snap in his first match with the Patriots, but it is true that he said he was not in top football form. “We really need that peace and we look forward to seeing who we can get back to, if anything,” Arians said. “But those who played definitely need a break.”
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