On top of Sunday's ugly loss to the Vikings, the club on Monday learned they'll go without Lavonte David for "a month or more," a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Bucs star linebacker was diagnosed with a medial ankle sprain following an MRI, an injury he suffered in the final quarter of Tampa's 34-17 loss to Minnesota.
David's injury typically carries a 4-6 week timeline, but the Bucs are hopeful he can return before that.
"I think you're jumping the gun on Lavonte," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times. "It's not as bad as it looked, No. 1. It looked bad. X-rays were negative."
This all came on a day when defensive tackle Chris Baker, end Jacquies Smith, cornerback Brent Grimes and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander were also sidelined due to various illnesses and injuries.
It's another reminder that the best teams by season's end are often the healthiest. Other setbacks we're following coming out of Sunday's action:
- Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Sam Bradford remains day to day with the knee injury that has kept him sidelined the past two weeks.
- Good news on Seattle's Doug Baldwin, who was brilliant on Sunday despite the Seahawks losing to Tennessee:
In not-so-good news for Seattle, Rapoport reported special teamer Dewey McDonald is believed to have torn his ACL.
- Baltimore Ravens defensive end Brent Urban has a Lisfranc foot sprain and is believed to be a long-term injury, Rapoport reports. Urban will see a specialist to determine how long he will be sidelined.
- Good news on the Andrew Luck practice front in Indianapolis: