Bucs head coach Bruce Arians revealed on SiriusXM NFL Radio that center A.Q. Shipley had possibly suffered a career-ending injury in Tampa Bay’s 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. Shipley, who had started at center for the past two games while Ryan Jensen moved over to left guard to replace the injured Ali Marpet, suffered a neck injury in the waning moments of the game.

“He just had a stinger,” Arians said after the game. “It looks like he’s going to be okay.”

In his Wednesday night interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Arians said that Shipley’s injury was far worse than originally expected.

“A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury,” Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio, in a story first reported by JoeBucsFan.com. “And I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all-time and was playing good for us. But I think it was a previous injury that might have just got aggravated in his neck.”

Here’s the play that Shipley was injured on, which looks pretty benign even from the coaches’ tape.

The 34-year old Shipley will be placed on injured reserve, which will end his season – if not his career. Jensen will move back to center for Sunday’s game versus Kansas City and either Marpet will start at left guard if he clears his concussion protocol, or if Marpet misses a fourth straight game due to his concussion, Aaron Stinnie will start in his place against the Chiefs.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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5 months ago

So sorry to hear about AQs injury! Here’s wishing him a healing vibe and hopefully he will get back to normal. He’s may be old for football but he is still young in life. Good luck big fella!

Buc on the Move
5 months ago

Hope this affects his career more than his life going forward. Heal up big fella, and may you walk away from the game you loved with an able body.

5 months ago

Always sad to learn of a player being injured, especially try hard guys like AQ.

5 months ago

Never want to see a guys career end that way. This is where years of neglecting the trenches in the draft have come back to bite the Bucs. The fact that we were relying on a 34 year old center who was out of football shows how bare the cupboard has been. Haeg, another FA was a joke at guard, and now our hopes, and prayers depend on Stinnie! Go Stin man! Same with the D line. Our 2 best players JPP, and Suh, FA’s are older then Mel Brooks. Lose one player, Vea, and the talent drops off the… Read more »

5 months ago

That’s too bad. Hope this is just a football thing, and he can live a long pain free post football life

Captain Sly
5 months ago

Speedy recovery A.Q. Shipley life is too short… I want send my condolences to the family of ex Buccaneer Markus Paul who sadly passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Been a rough year but I believe that Brighter Days are Coming!

5 months ago

Sorry to hear. Football is a tough sport. This development won’t hurt if Marpet is back in the starting line up. If not? We could be in for a long day on Sunday.

NC Greenbeard
5 months ago

Farewell AQ, we hardly had the chance to get to know you!

So draft… OL, DL, CB, RB, QB of future?