Bucs CB Jude Adjei-Barimah - Photo by: Getty Images
For all the injury issues crushing the Bucs this year, the secondary managed to make it through nine games relatively unscathed.
That’s not the case anymore.
First there was the injury to cornerback Brent Grimes that prohibited him from finishing last Sunday’s game in Kansas City. Now it’s a four-game suspension to fellow cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah. The team sent out a press release at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday stating that the second-year corner “has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.”
According to the release, Adjei-Barimah’s suspension begins immediately and he will be able to return to the active roster Monday, Dec. 19, the day after Tampa Bay’s Week 15 road game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Included in the team’s press release was a statement from Adjei-Barimah: “I take a lot of pride in the hard work and dedication that I put in all year in preparation for each season and that is why this situation is so difficult for me personally. As a member of this team, it is very disappointing to have to miss the next four games and not be out there battling with my teammates as we go down the stretch. I apologize to my family, the Bucs organization, my teammates, as well as the fans for this situation. I promise to stay focused and be ready for the last two games of the regular season.”
In his second year out of Bowling Green, Adjei-Barimah has played as the team’s primary nickelback this season. His 290 total defensive snaps are third most among Bucs cornerbacks, behind starters Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves III.
Grimes suffered a quad injury in Kansas City. His status and that of Verner will be updated by the team Wednesday. Josh Robinson, a free agent signing this offseason, entered when Verner left late. The two defensive snaps were his first of the year. The fifth-year veteran out of UCF has played special teams exclusively.
A day after the announced suspension, Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith spoke about the new challenges facing his cornerbacks.
“That’s part of the game,” Smith said of Adjei-Barimah’s four-game absence. “He’s injured in our mind and he can’t play and that’s how we have to approach it and it’s the next man up mentality. And I’m sure that whoever lines up in that position is going to be able to handle it and everybody’s expecting them to handle it.”
In response to the suspension and injury issues, Tampa Bay activated rookie cornerback Javien Elliott from the practice squad Tuesday.
“He’s got very good quickness,” Smith said of the Florida State product. “He’s a very highly competitive player. He’s going against the best receivers on our team every day and he’s played a lot of snaps in practice and he’s seen a lot of good receivers. He’s a great story. I think we all know his story, a walk-on at Florida State and now he’s playing in the NFL and now he’s going to get an opportunity to be on a 53-man roster. So, it’s a great story.”
Adjei-Barimah’s situation is the second late-season PED suspension given a Bucs defensive player in as many years. Middle linebacker Kwon Alexander was forced to sit out the final four games of the 2015 season. Former Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane was given a two-game, PED-related suspension in 2014.
He’s not so overpaid he can get dinged for four paychecks and still walk away smiling.
Not to mention how negatively this affects the team
Well I hope he learned his lesson. Somebody else might just get their chance to pass right by him. Go Bucs!
Just as you speak Horse, I got this update from Greg Auman/Twitter. Bucs announce they’ve promoted CB Javien Elliott (FSU) to replace Barimah and OG Josh Allen from the practice squad to replace C/OG Ben Gottschalk who is headed to injured reserve.
Jude Adjei-Barimah must have tried one of Kwon’s old energy drinks. That stuff will put you on your back with both legs in the air! lol.
Just kidding! I have no idea what happened. But there is a silver lining. It happened to a young non-impact player that hopefully will learn from this mistake. Never like to see this happen, but it could have been much worse! Just imagine the blowback if this had been Noah Spence. On second thought, don’t even think about it!
Tighten up young man and stay true to your craft. We need every man!
He probably had an energy drink or bar that contained a banned substance. Probably the same situation that Kwon found himself in last year. If I was them, I wouldn’t drink anything but water lol
What a dumbass. You would think with their career and paycheck on the line might be more carefull? He’s not great anyways. Not starter material IMO. His stupid penalty cost us the Raiders game. He’s a backup at best cb. This won’t help his chances of staying a starter.
Of course Josh Robinson will step in. I wonder if there are plans to use safeties Keith Tandy or Ryan Smith in the slot cornerback role? They played corner in college.
He may not be great fredster but he is a solid contributor and contrary to your evaluation, is the starting nickel back.
I know every trainer and coach tells their players before they take any type of energy drink or supplement to speak to them so they can see if it contains any banned substances.
Why this continues to happen is beyond my comprehension.
At this point I’m just relieved it wasn’t domestic violence or DWI. Sad but true. I’m bummed about Gottschalk, I think he has a future with us. If we can go 4-2 over the next six, that may be enough to get us the division. GO BUCS!!!!!
Hey Jude, that wasn’t smart
To eat a PED to make you better
Remember and take this lesson to heart
Now that Roger has sent you that letter.
Drd I hear ya and losing depth is never great but he is not playing at a high level right now was my point. Whoever comes in may play better. Like when Rodgers started getting more touches than Sims and then Sims got hurt. Rodgers was better and that’s my point it’s not always a bad thing when someone else steps in unless that player was playing at a high level. That penalty at the end of the Raiders game was horrible and cost us the game. Will see how it plays out but I do agree with you losing depth is never good but he is not playing at a high level IMO. I also unde stand he is he starter but Sims was the starter over Rodgers too and he was a dancing idiot that couldn’t gain any yards.
This is disappointing and there really is NO excuse for it. ESPECIALLY after seeing what happened to Kwon last year.
He let down his team and his teammates. Hopefully he’ll learn from this selfish and STUPID act and come back a professional.
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