The Bucs have officially suffered their first serious injury of training camp.
Running back T.J. Logan was carted off the field with what looked to be a right leg injury on Thursday after linebacker Quinton Bell tackled him from behind. Per Greg Auman of the Athletic, Logan injured the patellar tendon in his knee and will have surgery on Saturday.
Tough news for Bucs running back T.J. Logan, who injured the patellar tendon in his knee in practice today. He’ll have surgery on Saturday. Not necessarily season-ending.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 20, 2020
This was during 11-on-11s and it just so happened that there was a post-play scuffle on the practice field before Logan was injured. Wide receiver Mike Evans even shouted out, “That better be a cramp!” and subsequently saying that the team “needs everybody”.
It was a hot, intense, physical day of practice and it’s a tough break for Logan. He really started to progress in the kick return department until a fractured thumb prematurely ended his 2019 season. This year, Bruce Arians specifically mentioned how well he was performing in camp and even said he was fighting for some carries out of the backfield.
“[That was] real hard,” Arians told reporters via Zoom on Thursday. “You never want to see a player down, especially a guy who was having as good of a camp as he was having.”
Logan was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Primarily a return specialist, Logan has returned 25 kicks for 567 yards (22.7 ypr) and 13 punt returns for 124 yards (9.5 ypr) over the course of his four-year career. He also has five carries for 12 yards and nine receptions for 50 yards.