The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are leaning towards putting linebacker Kendell Beckwith on the NFI/PUP (Non-Football Injury / Physically Unable to Perform) list to start the 2018 regular season. Beckwith has missed every OTA (organized team activity), mini-camp and training camp practice as he recovers from an offseason ankle injury he suffered in a car accident. Beckwith will not count against the team’s 53-man roster.

Beckwith will not be eligible to return until after the first six games of the season. Tampa Bay will keep rookie outside linebacker Jack Cichy, the team’s sixth-round pick, to help weather the loss of Beckwith. Adarius Taylor will start at SAM (strongside) linebacker in Beckwith’s absence.

Bucs DT Mitch Unrein - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs DT Mitch Unrein – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs defensive tackle Mitch Unrein may start the season on injured reserve with a designation to return. The team is currently weighing its options and is reviewing the medical reports regarding his recovery. Unrein suffered a concussion during the second week of training camp and hasn’t practiced since. He missed all four preseason games and has not cleared concussion protocol. Unrein has not even been at practice on the sidelines since getting concussed.

Unrein signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with Tampa Bay, including $4 million in guaranteed money, according to In order for Unrein to be placed on IR with a designation to return, which would me he would be out for the first eight games of the year, he would have to be on the Bucs’ initial 53-man roster first per NFL rules.

The Bucs have been ravaged with injuries at the defensive tackle position with Unrein missing all four preseason games in addition to Vita Vea, the team’s first-round pick, who suffered a calf injury on the first day of full pads in training camp. Tampa Bay also released defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, the Bucs’ seventh-round pick in 2017, after he suffered a triceps injury during training camp.

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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:
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2 years ago

Wait what, was the concussion that bad? Enough to miss that amount of time? I know concussions are bad but I’ve never heard of a simple concussion case requiring anything to the tune of 4 weeks or so that it sounds like it would be to be worthy to place Unrein on IR.

Reply to  JustaBuc
2 years ago

My daughter had a simple concussion. It lasted 11 weeks prob should have been longer but she wanted to play softball and wanted to be cleared.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

If you are not clearing concussion protocol in 4 weeks….

Unrein’s future with the NFL game is in serious doubt right now….o.O

Buc 1976
2 years ago

This is a serious condition so maybe the young man needs to walk away. There is life after the NFL and IMO think about his family and not end up a vegetable.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
2 years ago

I like it :)

2 years ago

Another F.A. bust, kiss that 4 mill good bye.

Mike Wright
2 years ago

Yes guys,,Some concussions can be more than serious. Especially at the pro level. This probably was not Unrein’s 1st rodeo. My brother suffered a bad one playing for Ga tech years back. He missed the last 8 games of his sophmore season. Came back played his junior year and had one his last game. He did not play his senior year. The doctors said they could not give a favorable opinion if he had one more. That..was enough. I do hope Vita Vey pans out. I’m really starting to get worried about the kid. Would luv to see him get… Read more »

2 years ago

Surferdudes, you are beginning to sound like BucAssBob.

2 years ago

The Bucs have the worst luck with Free agents that come here and immediately hurt and never play. Going back to Knicks. Sweezy. Those two even seemed like were hurt before came here. Like Beckwith but he’s got bad luck too. Car accident now keeping him out. I remember article on Pewter Report before draft about how Licht should load D line and keep loading it after last years debacle. Looks like that was good advice. Lol. With Vea never taking a snap, and now Unrein in question, Spence can beat 4th string guys anymore. Crazy luck in general but… Read more »