As one of the few Tampa Bay veterans on the team, Bucs linebacker Lavonte David is slated to play a very important role for the Buccaneers in 2019. But, on Monday, we learned the starting point of that role might be up in the air.

David missed back-to-back practices at the end of last week with what head coach Bruce Arians called “swelling.” He said that David just doesn’t like playing on turf, and due to the late night practices being in the indoor facility he was opting to rest and not participate.

Monday, however, there was no excuse to miss practice, as it was outside on the normal field. Yet David was not seen on the field or even on the sidelines.

After practice, Arians told the media that David had surgery on his knee to repair a “little meniscus tear.”

Arians said that, though they are going to hold him out for a while, this should not force him to miss time when the regular season begins.

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Pewter Pirate
1 year ago

Small meniscus tears are nothing should heal quickly. Quick scope and shave

1 year ago

Get well soon LVD!! Not only the injury could ve been worse but also he ll have enough time to heal without rushing and the linebacker depth on the team is great! Cichy’s clearance couldn’t have been any better timing!

Captain Sly
1 year ago

Yikes!! Hopefully it’s just minor, but we are a little thin at LB. I would at the very least look at Mason Foster to get some more experience in here.

Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

We have:

Devin White
Deone Bucchanon
Shaq Barret
Noah Spence
Carl Nassib
Devante Bond
Kevin Minter

We’re good at LB, in fact we’re much better off than we have been in a while

Reply to  plopes808
1 year ago

and I forgot we just got Jack Cichy back too

1 year ago

Obviously never a good thing but at least he didn’t try to push through it only to hurt it more and miss the season. Hopefully he recovers quickly. Luckily our LBs seem to have gone from a Weakness to a Strength now that we shed dead weight, picked up White and have a better system.

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Better to let him rest. Bucs need to take a long look at the backup LB’s anyways. Bond, Cichy and Minter are going to battle it out now.

Buc stops here
1 year ago

Thank goodness they believe it is minor and he should be able to play in the regular season. They don’t need more injuries before the first snap (losing Jason Pierre-Paul who led the team in sacks last year is out for at least most of the season, if not all of it). Outside of Pierre-Paul and Nassib, only one player had more than three sacks last season, and that was Gerald McCoy with six and he is gone as well. Of the Bucs’ 38 team sacks, almost 70 percent came from that trio, and only six and a half of… Read more »

Reply to  Buc stops here
1 year ago

We’ll be ok, a lot of the pressure in Bowles’ system will be coming from the LBs and other blitzes