Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tom Crabtree has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn bicep according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
Schiano said TE Tom Crabtree will undergo surgery on a torn bicep and is out for the season. He is the 13th player on IR.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) November 25, 2013
Crabtree becomes the third tight end to go on injured reserve this season after Luke Stocker and Nate Byham.
It now means that Tim Wright is the only healthy tight end on the roster so the Buccaneers are likely going to have to make a roster move to bring in someone to be his back-up.
Crabtree missed the beginning of the season with a high ankle sprain and finally made his Bucs debut in week six against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Crabtree finishes the season with just four catches for 21 yards and one touchdown but was primarily used as a blocking tight end.
It ends a disappointing season for Crabtree after signing from Green Bay in the off-season. His injury certainly held him back and by the time he made his return Wright had moved atop the depth chart. Despite his lack of receptions, Crabtree is a very good blocker so the Bucs may still hold interest in him returning to compliment Wright.
He is signed for 2014 at $750,000 but after the emergence of Wright the Bucs may move on.