The Tanard Jackson reinstatement talk should grow a little louder today with news that Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm will once again miss the remainder of the season, this time with an ACL tear (news via Rick Stroud, @NFLSTROUD on twitter). Grimm was quickly becoming one of Raheem’s favorite defenders, the scrappy former linebacker was thrown into action early in his transition last season and played well until breaking his leg in the last month of the season.
This year Grimm was back at full strength and had accrued 10 tackles through his first two and a half games before colliding with Geno Hayes’ helmet in the third quarter against the Falcons and being carted off the field. Hayes left the game as well with concussion-like symptoms following the collision, but after an MRI this morning Grimm clearly got the worst of it. There is no word yet on the severity of the ACL tear, whether it’s complete or partial, but either way Grimm is done for the season.
You can’t give Grimm the injury-prone label just yet. A broken leg is a pretty freak occurence and not usually indicative of a greater problem, but how Grimm comes back from the ACL tear could have future ramifications. Either way, it’s unfortunate the young man’s season is being cut short again.
Now the Bucs will have little choice but to welcome back Tanard Jackson. Jackson was suspended last season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for the third time. He is eligible for reinstatement this week and with the Buccaneers now down a starting safety, he could be in line to see the field sooner than originally planned. Jackson is arguably the Bucs most gifted safety but also comes with considerable baggage and is one failed drug test away from a permanent ban. There hadn’t been any indication as to whether Tampa even planned to accept Jackson back, but that decision may have been made for them following the Hayes-Grimm collision on Sunday. We’ll keep you posted.