Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Quincy Black had to be carted off the field during yesterday's game against the San Diego Chargers and was evaluated at the hospital. The linebacker was released from the hospital late last night with full function in all his extremities, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He will have to undergo extra tests to find out exactly what the problem is, but according to head coach Greg Schiano he has an issue with his left arm.
That issue will keep him out for at least Sunday's game, and quite possibly longer. Schiano noted that Black should be okay in the long term, but that says little about his ability to play football in the near future. The Bucs have not placed him on injured reserve, but that move could be coming.
Quincy Black was replaced by veteran linebacker Adam Hayward yesterday, although Dekoda Watson could fill that spot as well. Black only plays when the Bucs have base personnel on the field, which is roughly half of all defensive snaps so far this season. Although Black has played well as a run-defender, the combination of his lack of playing time, expensive salary ($5.5 million per season) and now a possible long-term injury could signal the end of Black's career in Tampa after this season.
Meanwhile, cornerback Eric Wright continues to suffer from an Achilles injury he has struggled with for several weeks. Wright tweaked his Achilles in the first quarter and did not return to action. It's not clear whether he'll be ready to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. If not, undrafted rookie Leonard Johnson should get the start in his place. Practice squad call-up LeQuan Lewis was the nickel cornerback yesterday, with Ronde Barber moving down to cornerback in dime defenses.