The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Tom Crabtree for the rest of the season, Greg Schiano announced in his daily press conference. Crabtree's season has been injury-plagued as the free agent tight end missed most of the start of the year with a high-ankle sprain.
Crabtree was supposed to be Tampa Bay's versatile blocking and receiving tight end but instead barely saw the field this year. Tim Wright has mostly taken over as receiving tight end, while the Bucs have three fullbacks on the roster to do most of the blocking, but they lack a real, versatile tight end who can impact both the run and pass game.
With Crabtree out for the season the Bucs should turn to Tim Wright even more than they are, while Spencer Larsen and undrafted rookie Lonnie Pryor may see some more snaps as well. If things get desperate the Bucs could even plug in Gabe Carimi as an extra blocker a little more.