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Dirk Koetter says Lavonte David’s injury “not as bad as it looked”

Earlier reports that David would miss a month may be mistaken.

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Earlier today, Ian Rapoport reported that linebacker Lavonte David would miss at least a month with a high ankle sprain. But Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach called reports like that “jumping the gun” in today’s press conference, and said that David’s injury wasn’t “as bad as it looked.”

What that means exactly remains a bit of a mystery, though. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, that means David has a normal sprain instead of a high-ankle one, and he’s now week-to-week.

That doesn’t mean David won’t miss a month, though. Ankle injuries are notoriously sluggish to heal and difficult to play through, especially at full strength. If Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith get and stay healthy, respectively, the Bucs don’t necessarily need to rush David back either.

Basically, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully David recovers quickly.