Bucs general manager Jason Licht came to the podium for his yearly pre-draft press conference on Wednesday. He answered some questions from the media about draft strategies and things the team might be planning.

But, the big news on the day was when he announced that Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwth was involved in a car accident last week in his home state of Louisiana.

Licht detailed the accident a little saying that Beckwith did have injuries from the accident that required surgery. He said specifically that there was a fracture to Beckwith’s ankle. Licht said they’re just thankful the accident wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

The timetable for a broken ankle is usually somewhere between 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal, then some varying rehabilitation after that. Beckwith will likely miss all of OTAs, possibly all of training camp and may not even be ready for Week 1.

Time will tell, but according to fellow linebacker Kwon Alexander, Beckwith’s spirits are high.

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4 years ago

Sheesh… Glad to hear that it wasn’t more serious… Get well, Kendell!

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
4 years ago

Just when we’re all excited to see what he could when he wasn’t still recovering from a major injury, this happens! Hope he heals properly and doesn’t miss a beat.

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

Well that sucks. I always hate when one of our players gets injured, especially non-football related injuries. I also like his upside at LB more than any other LB we have.

geno711
geno711
4 years ago

This is very unfortunate for Kendall. Does the fracture include the tibia? This would put his recovery well past the 1st game. Also it took a few days before they did the surgery. Was that because they were just reviewing whether the ankle would heal without surgery? Or is it a sign that there was extreme swelling associated with torn ligaments and they were just waiting for the swelling to lessen before the surgery? Let’s hope it was a simple fracture without ligament damage. If they are placing permanent hardware in his ankle, he may have a short career. By… Read more »

GBOBUCSFAN
GBOBUCSFAN
4 years ago

Week 1 is roughly 5 months away. That’s a lot of recovery time. He has already came back from one injury.

Redtop
Redtop
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4 years ago

Ya that’s what I was thinking 5 months he will be good for regular season don’t rush him back let him take his time make sure he’s all healed up