The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hit with some unfortunate injury news. Former All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David may be on the shelf for the next few games.
Recovery for an MCL sprain typically takes 2-4 weeks, meaning the struggling Bucs defense may be without the former All-Pro for the time being.
Tampa Bay also had a pair of players land on the injured reserve. Running back Shaun Wilson and offensive lineman Evan Smith will be out for the remainder of the season.
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Wilson was a popular name in training camp. The undrafted rookie out of Duke made noise with his ability to catch passes and return kicks. He spent the majority of the season as the team’s third running back and primary kick returner.
Smith spent the season rotating at right guard with Caleb Benenoch. Around halftime, Smith would slide in and take over for Benenoch. Smith was also the team’s backup center. His absence will leave Tampa Bay with little depth along the interior of the offensive line.
Minter had a one-game stint with the Bucs earlier this season. With injuries hindering the linebacking corps, the veteran will slide in as a backup and special teams contributor. He spent time with Cincinnati, Arizona and New York.
The Bucs promoted Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad to replace Wilson. Ogunbowale played well in the preseason, but Wilson earned the job out of training camp. Sunday may be the first time he suits up for the Bucs. He will likely slide in as the third running back on the depth chart if Ronald Jones is unable to play.
Tampa Bay signed running back Ralph Webb to fill out their practice squad. Webb went undrafted out of Vanderbilt and was the school’s all-time leading rusher.