Bucs TE Cameron Brate - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Bucs fans will have to wait until next year to see another Jameis Winston-to-Cameron Brate touchdown reception.
The team announced Tuesday afternoon that the emerging tight end’s season is over one game shy of the finish line. Brate suffered a back injury during the third quarter of Saturday’s 31-24 loss in New Orleans. The injury came on a 9-yard reception that was negated because of right guard Ali Marpet’s holding penalty.
Bucs TE Cam Brate – Photo by: Getty Images
Brate’s record-tying 2016 campaign comes to an end after he contributed 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Prior to Saturday’s injury, Brate tied Jimmy Giles’ single-season franchise record of eight touchdowns by a tight end by getting into the end zone from 12 yards out early in the second quarter. That score also put Brate into sole possession of the NFL lead at the position. He’s now got one more than San Diego Chargers rookie Hunter Henry and the Tennessee Titans’ Delaine Walker.
In other Tuesday moves, Tampa Bay also placed cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah on injured reserve. The second-year pro played in 10 games this year, but had his season interrupted by a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Adjei-Barimah hasn’t played since Week 11’s road win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rookie running back Russell Hansbrough is back with the Bucs, as well. Tampa Bay signed him from the New York Giants’ practice squad and placed him on the active roster. Hansbrough was originally signed by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri and was active Week 5 in Carolina before being waived and re-signed multiple times.
Bucs CB Jude Adjei-Barimah – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Another player familiar with joining, leaving, and rejoining the organization – offensive lineman Josh Allen – is returning to the practice squad. Defensive tackle Rodney Coe was released to make room on that 10-man roster. Allen first signed with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana-Monroe in 2014.
The injury bug strikes again…at least there’s only 1 game left this season. Heal up boys and we’ll come back strong next year!
Smart move given the situation. Brate’s back was hurting before the killer hit that knocked him out of the Saints game. Gives him a long time to recover and come back strong in 2017. Let’s just hope it isn’t Sweezy bad.
Why not bring up Westbrook from the PS to play TE; that’s why he’s there. Not sure why Allen is back unless either Hawley or Evan Smith isn’t coming back after the season is over. Any thoughts about this?
I would’ve liked to see Westbrook get a few reps as well. My thinking is, Koetter really wants this win, meaning no time for experimenting. I also saw E Smith take a knee Sunday. He and Hawley have been banged up all year, so J Allen makes some sense. Bucs should take this game serious. The difference from 8-8 finishing with a three game losing streak, and 9-7 winning home finally is huge..
As much as Jameis likes to throw to his TE, I think they now have to spend at least one of their first 3 picks on a TE. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Brate but we are thin at TE
I agree 9-7 feels like improvement and I think Koetter really wants this game. The entire offseason ahead will feel like moving forward. After the 5th or 6th pick in round 1 of the draft all prediction are out the window so 8-8 won’t be a big advantage like many seem to believe. We will all remember the final game of 2016 so let’s rally from 2 loses and go out on a win.
What is the nature of this injury ? Ive got back problems myself and if its spinal it could be career ending.
What I don’t understand is the status of Dotson and Cherilus. I see no reason to keep Cherilus because of his groin strain; might as well put him on IR now. With the RT back up in question, I expect them to bring Allen up from PS because he can also play Center/Guard. If Dotson isn’t ready to go, then Marpet could play in a pinch for Pamphile at RT if he gets injured. I agree 9-7 feels a lot better than 8-8. We all know we’re going to pound the ball; the question is will we throw more short passes than in the past? On Defense we have to put a serious rush on Newton to get him frustrated; we all know he pouts when he’s lousing. Carolina is primed to pack it in if we are ahead by 14 in the beginning of the 4th quarter. Go Bucs!
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