Buccaneers: Blaine Gabbert suffers separated shoulder vs. Browns
By Cory Kinnan
In yesterday’s win against the Cleveland Browns, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a separated shoulder.
The injury bug continues to plague the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this time in the form of backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Against the Cleveland Browns last night, the quarterback fell face first on a scramble, and seemingly driving his shoulder into the turf.
Gabbert had been working with the second string offense this preseason and running the offense well. In his absence, Ryan Griffin will now be running the second team for the Buccaneers, but good news for Tampa Bay is that Griffin has been efficient during his time on the field as well.
Thus far in the preseason, the Buccaneers’ backup quarterback Gabbert was 15/25 for 125 yards while not throwing a touchdown. Griffin on the other hand is a combined 51/81 for 652 yards and three passing touchdowns for the pewter and red.
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There is no timetable yet for Gabbert or when he can be expected back for the Buccaneers. For now, however, the Buccaneers find themselves in good hands with Griffin backing up Jameis Winston if anything were to happen with their starting quarterback.
The former first round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars has had his fair share of injuries as he has traveled throughout the league. Tampa Bay is Gabbert’s fifth stop around the league as he has also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and Tennessee Titans in addition to the Jaguars.
Gabbert joins the string of injured players including starters Lavonte David, Vita Vea, and Justin Evans. With David, Evans, and Vea hopeful to play week one, hopefully Gabbert can get on that same track for the Buccaneers.
Wishing nothing but a speedy recovery for Gabbert as he recovers from his separated shoulder. With one preseason game left until the regular season, the Buccaneers will more than certainly play their starters sparingly as they prepare for the 49ers.