Another game, another key injury for the Bucs. The team’s latest loss is Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, who went down late in the second quarter of a 45-17 win over Miami. David leapt in the air to deflect a pass as a blitzer, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh rolled up on his ankle as the linebacker landed. David was able to walk off the field under his own power before leaving for the locker room.

According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, early reports indicate that X-rays were negative for any fractures. When asked after the game, head coach Bruce Arians said they are still waiting for more information.

“We don’t know anything about Lavonte yet, but it appears to be a high ankle sprain,”Arians said. “We’ll wait and see.”

Shaq Barrett also spoke on wanting to win the game for David after his injury.

“It was most definitely tough for our defense,” Barrett said. “We tried to rally around [Lavonte] with him being gone. Just to make sure we won the game. Because I know when people get hurt and not in the game, being a player like ‘Vonte, he could have affected the game in any way possible. We wanted to make sure we closed it out the way we are supposed to for him. But it hurt not having him out there. We missed his leadership, his energy and his playmaking.”

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady also appeared to suffer a hand injury. The injury occurred after Brady hit his throwing hand on a Dolphin defender’s helmet in the second quarter. Brady never left the game and threw four more touchdowns on the day.

“Whatever happened, it happened early,” Arians said. “It didn’t affect him too much.”

Brady came to the podium with his thumb wrapped.

“In my younger days, I probably would never have shown you guys that I wrapped it up, cause I probably would’ve tried to keep it a secret,” Brady said. “I think in my older age, I don’t care as much. It’s just kind of just a football injury. I’ll do my best to get ready for this game so we’ll see what happens.”

The Bucs travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles on Thursday Night Football in Week 6.

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Spitfire (@spitfire)
1 month ago

Not sure I like that last quote from Brady. I know stuff like that can be ok in the moment cause it’s numb and the swelling hasn’t kicked in. So there’s a chance he was able to finish that game but not be ok for next week but that would definitely suck. I mean I’d rather him sit a game if playing would risk losing him for the season when it comes to any kind of injury but I’d rather not lose him ever. Guess we will see.

tpeluso (@tpeluso)
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1 month ago

I think it’s more of a wait-and-see game with Brady, given that Russell Wilson injured his hand in a similar way and looking like he’ll be out the better part of two months, as well as the severity of Gronkowski’s injury not being known until much later in the week after it happened. Brady’s performance post-injury is a positive sign for it not being serious, but we’ll see how he feels, especially with us on a short week.

seat26 (@seat26)
1 month ago

Short week. Hope we get some good news on the injury front. Bucs blew out Fins as they should have. We should be able to handle the Eagles too.
Surprised that Brady admitted that he covers up injuries. Sherman looked awful, I’m guessing the heat and humidity take a bit of adjustment. He still has not learned the playbook. Bernard finally showed us something. Gronk is still out and we definitely miss him. Brate looks good. And Lombardi Lenny? Wow. I hope we can keep him next year and Godwin too. It will take a lot of money…

Ron Potter
Ron Potter (@finalsorbust)
1 month ago

Later in the game, one of Brady’s fingers appeared to be a little swollen as he was coming off the field from a TD and the camera zoomed in on Brady and Coach BA giving each other a high-five. It appears Brady jammed his finger off an opponent’s helmet during a pass attempt.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ron Potter