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Russell Gage carted off the field with ruptured patellar tendon during joint practice with Jets

The Bucs’ receiver suffered a non-contact injury to his knee that ended up being a patellar tendon injury.

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Bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their offense as wide receiver Russell Gage was carted off the field during a joint practice with the Jets with knee injury. According to Rick Stroud, it was a non-contact injury and Gage was visibly upset.

The injury was confirmed to be a ruptured patellar tendon. Gage will require surgery and will be placed on injured reserve. He is expected to miss the entire 2023 season.

Gage — who played in just 13 games for the Bucs last season due to lingering injury issues — took a pay cut in the offseason to stay with the team and take on a larger role in the offense now that he was healthy. Instead, the expectation now is that he will miss the entire season with this knee injury.

The Bucs are in the middle of a joint practice with the New York Jets ahead of their preseason game Saturday night, so there will be more updates after Todd Bowles speaks with the media and Gage is able to undergo testing. Stay tuned for more news regarding Gage and his status.

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