The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw what little depth they have at tight end flash before their eyes on Thursday night when Tom Crabtree was carted off the field with a lower leg injury.
The first bit of news about his status has hit Twitter, and it’s as encouraging as possible at this early stage:
Tom Crabtree X-Rays are negative. Nothing broken. Peyton Hillis twisted his ankle. Why the team went to anyone running the football.
— Gil Arcia (@GilArciaPR) August 30, 2013
X-Rays being negative is a positive sign for the Buccaneers, but they’re not out of the woods. Crabtree could have strained, sprained, or torn something in his ankle, foot, or lower leg and still be on the verge of missing some time.
Should Crabtree miss any regular season action, it will be interesting to see if the Buccaneers bring in any outside help at the tight end position, or if Danny Noble would get his chance to fill in at the position.
Ideally, Crabtree will be healthy and ready to go as soon as possible, but if there’s any major damage that will force him off the field for a long period of time, the Buccaneers will likely need to find a veteran tight end to support Luke Stocker and Nate Byham.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we learn more about Crabtree’s status.