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Jude Adjei-Barimah could miss the season with a knee injury

The Buccaneers cornerback may be out for a long time.

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Update: Pewter Report confirms that Adjei-Barimah will have the surgery, which would presumably mean he’s out for at least the majority of the regular season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have lost backup cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah for the season. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reports Adjei-Barimah has a patellar fracture that needs surgery and would keep him out for four months, though Adjei-Barimah is currently getting a second opinion.

If that diagnosis and prognosis doesn’t change, the Bucs will have to play the season without their top backup cornerback. That’s a bit of a blow—Adjei-Barimah might have won the slot cornerback role, but was going to be the first player off the bench behind Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes

Adje-Barimah entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent two years ago, and earned himself a roster spot and a lot of playing time on defense, primarily as a slot cornerback. He was suspended four games for PEDs.

The Bucs now have very little quality depth at outside cornerback, with last year’s fourth-round pick Ryan Smith, who hasn’t had a great training camp, the likely top option there. If Grimes or Hargreaves were to miss significant time, the Bucs could have serious problems at the position.