The Buccaneers had one of the biggest wins in recent team history on Sunday, upsetting the previously undefeated Rams in Los Angeles, 55-40, to improve to 2-2 on the year. But that win didn’t come without a cost.

Tampa Bay second-year linebacker Jack Cichy suffered a dislocated elbow after being tackled on kickoff coverage by Rams running back Malcolm Brown. The hit was excessive and Brown was penalized, but only for holding – not unnecessary roughness. Brown should get fined by the league office for this questionable play, which was unnecessary in nature. has learned that the injury is not season-ending, but it looked pretty gruesome when it happened.

Cichy took to Twitter on Monday morning to let Bucs fans know that he will be okay and return to action this season. Cichy is expected to miss Sunday’s game in New Orleans and perhaps several more games.

The Bucs drafted Cichy in the sixth round in 2018 after he missed his junior season at Wisconsin after suffering a torn ACL. Cichy played in six games last year as a rookie, mostly on special teams, before tearing his other ACL in Week 6 against Cleveland. Cichy rehabbed hard during the offseason and was cleared to participate by training camp.

Cichy starred in the preseason, leading Tampa Bay with 13 tackles, in addition to two QB hits, one sack, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. This season prior to his injury, Cichy had one tackle on defense.

The temporary loss of Cichy and the fact that Devin White has missed the last two and half games due to a knee sprain leaves Tampa Bay thin at inside linebacker. Veteran Kevin Minter has started at MIKE linebacker in place of White alongside MO linebacker Lavonte David. The only other healthy inside linebacker on the roster is Deone Bucannon, who is mostly a special teams player, although he did play four snaps on defense in Sunday’s win.

Outside linebacker Devante Bond cross-trained at inside linebacker during camp and could add depth their, too. Don’t be surprised if he spends the week practicing at inside linebacker for this week’s game at New Orleans.

The Bucs likely won’t put Cichy on injured reserve, but they will need to make a move this week as the team welcomes back cornerback and special teams ace Ryan Smith, who is eligible to return to the team on Monday after serving a four-game suspension for PED (performance-enhancing drug) usage. A roster move is necessary to activate Smith to the 53-man roster.

Rookie cornerback Carlton Davis was also shaken up after making a special teams tackle in the fourth quarter, but sources tell he is fine and is expected to play on Sunday in New Orleans.

Share On Socials

About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for 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:
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Good luck on your rehab Cichy. You are one tough football player.

Easythe great
1 year ago

Hate this for him. Rehab and get healthy again 48!!

1 year ago

WTF was Malcolm Brown even doing…you can block, not tackle guys that don’t have the ball….complete moron!

1 year ago

Jack will be missed no doubt. I have no idea if this is a possibility or not. I have done very little research so this may not be possible or could in fact be a bad idea. This is a path of least resistance suggestion. Sitting in Tampa right now (he still lives here) is former Buc ILB Mason Foster recently released by the Redskins who is also a 3-4 team. With both White and Cichy out, all i’m saying is it’s worth a look. Go Bucs!

Reply to  macabee
1 year ago

Now that’s interesting. I liked Foster, just felt we were the wrong scheme for him.

Reply to  macabee
1 year ago

could be a good idea, I also thought he was a good player in the wrong scheme

Austin Williams
1 year ago

Omg, watching that made me cringe.. His elbow went the wrong direction… What a guy to still be in positive spirits. Rehab Cinchy, you have a lot of respect and support from the Bucs fanbase!

1 year ago

Probably not as bad as a break but just as painful i would image, get better and get back soon!!!!

Reply to  wish-in-one-hand
1 year ago

not as bad, as long as there is no ligament or nerve damage. Sounds like he will be fine, but damn if he isn’t a little bit snake bit. Easy kid to root for.

1 year ago

That sucks but I feel like in a tough hard fought game they got out of there fairly healthy. Especially considering Godw