The Bucs have placed linebacker Kendell Beckwith on the reserve/non-football injury list. Beckwith missed the entire 2018 season after suffering an offseason ankle injury in a car accident in which he was passenger.

Beckwith will not count against the Buccaneers’ 90-man offseason roster limit.

Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith
Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Beckwith was a third-round draft pick out of LSU in 2017 and despite suffering an ACL injury in November of 2016, the former Bengal Tiger was ready to go for training camp the following year. Beckwith had a promising start to his career, first filling in for Kwon Alexander as the team’s middle linebacker before sliding over and finishing his rookie campaign as the team’s starter at strong side. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, notching 73 tackles, one sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The organization hoped Beckwith’s injury would have been sufficiently healed to join the team at some point in 2018, but after starting the season on the PUP list(physically unable to perform) he wasn’t cleared by doctors and was placed on injured reserve.

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  1. That’s a bummer but do the Bucs save salary cap space by doing so? If so, could JPP be headed to the same designation?

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  2. So he will miss a second season, because of this car accident? My is it taking so long to recover and come back?

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    • *Why is it

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  3. I had high hopes for Beckwith, but knew it might be a long shot after missing all of last year. I just hope Beckwith has some quality of life after football. Like Devin White, he loves horses. Hope he can still enjoy them as he always did. Go Bucs!

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  4. The Bucs are cursed. So much bad luck. This guy was a great get and then (insert diarrhea whoopie cushion here)

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  5. I, too, had high hopes for Beckwith! Wish him well in his recovery. At this point u just hope he can recover to have a normal, pain free life. Go Bucs!

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  6. Simply cursed

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  7. This is why in a earlier post I wished the best of luck to Devon White. You never know how a high prospect will turn out – Beckwith has been cursed with really bad luck and has been injured a lot. You hope he can come back and perform again in the future but as with anyone, despite the potential it is always subject to fortunate or unfortunate circumstances. This is just terribly unfortunate.

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  8. Sounds like a Carl Nicks type thing…Beckwith may never play here again. It’s a broken record. This and now JPP and on top of that another kicker situation. The season is already slipping away. Hate to say it but unless they win early like the 1st game for sure and get some confidence it could go bad quick.

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  9. Nobody is cursed Bucs make there own luck, they decide to overlook red flags when making draft choices and Free agent acucations.
    No such thing as bad luck.

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  10. Yeah Bob, I’m sure they disregarded the big red flag, his weak ankles, during the draft process.

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  11. So sorry for this young man. He battled back from an ACL injury he suffered late in his senior season at LSU to firmly establish himself as a Bucs starter. Then the accident and the loss of the 2018 season. He’s a solid guy and I hope for his sake he’s able to return.

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  12. This offseason is really shaping up to be a disaster. I wish we would have known these things before the draft. The JPP developments mean that our 4th round pick will see an opportunity. I hope he is as good as advertised. And I hope Spence can play outside linebacker.

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  13. At least the decision was made early. Hopefully he’ll be able to return to the field in 2020.

    Since Buc Ass Bob is a psychic, perhaps he could enlighten us.

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  14. Yeah, Bob they forgot to consult the crystal ball about him having a car accident before drafting him. Your such a dumbass you never have anything substantive to say you should just go away.

    I had similar injury on my ankle when I was in my 20’s and no way I could play football on it after surgically repaired. It was shattered.

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  15. I feel bad for the team missing out on the contributions Beckwith could make, but I feel worse for him.

    It is unfortunate when these things happen – no way to see them coming.

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