Bucs wide receiver Cecil Shorts III has been placed on the injured reserve list, the team announced Tuesday.
The move was expected after Shorts took a direct shot to his knees in San Diego this past weekend and needed to be carted off the field. It’s been reported that the low and legal hit from Tampa native and Riverview High graduate Jahleel Addae dislocated Shorts’ knee and tore his ACL, MCL and PCL.
An article in Monday’s The San Diego Union-Tribune goes into detail about the play, how Addae reached out to Shorts on the field and after the game to wish him well, and the Tampa resident’s thoughts on the Catch-22 scenario of defenders targeting high or low.
“Obviously, I feel bad for the guy,” Addae said in the article. “I prayed for him, and I went and talked to him, let him know that I hope everything is well. But the proof is in the pudding: I’ve been fined plenty of times. Every time I get fined, they tell me I need to lower my target. I’m pretty sure that a guy would rather get hit in the chest and hit in the head and be out for a month than what happened to Cecil.
“They say go for the mid-section, but the target lowers and you can possibly have your helmet hit his helmet, and it’s a fine, and it’s a flag. I’m hurting my pockets, and I’m hurting my team. And then, when I go low, some classify it as ‘dirty.’ It’s a lose-lose situation. … I deliberately did not go high because of my past.”
Shorts’ placement on the IR was anticipated. Unknown was what the Bucs would to do address his loss and the potential absence of receiver Adam Humphries, who suffered a first-quarter concussion against the Chargers. Tampa Bay answered part of that question by promoting Josh Huff from the practice squad to the active roster.
Huff’s a 5-foot-11 speedster who caught 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns during three years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also returned kicks in Philly, averaging 27.7 yards on 42 returns and taking two to the house. The 25-year-old was signed by the Bucs on Nov. 7.
In addition to promoting Huff, the Bucs also brought back St. Petersburg native Bernard Reedy to fill up the 10-man practice squad roster.
There are now five receivers on the current active roster: Mike Evans, Huff, Humphries, Freddie Martino and Russell Shepard. Reedy joins fellow wideouts Donteea Dye Jr. and Myles White on the practice squad.