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The depleted Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster took another hit Tuesday as the team announced it’s placement of wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve with a knee injury.

An MRI revealed damage to Jackson’s ACL a day after the Bucs announced that fellow wideout Louis Murphy will start his reserve/physically unable to perform 21-day practice period. Jackson’s injury occurred during the Bucs’ 17-14 road win two weeks ago at Carolina. Jackson played the entire game and made three catches for 36 yards.

The team also issued a statement from Jackson in Tuesday’s press release: “This is obviously very disappointing for me personally. I had high hopes for this season because I know what we are capable of accomplishing as a team. My top priority going into every season is being out there with my teammates and helping my team any way possible. While I may not be on the field for the foreseeable future, I will be focused on beginning my rehab as soon as possible and finding ways to support my teammates in whatever way I can.”

Jackson, 33, was playing in his 12th professional season and caught 15 balls for 173 yards prior to the injury.

“Any time you lose a player and team leader of Vincent’s caliber, it is a setback for your team,” head coach Dirk Koetter said in the press release. “Vincent is a very tough-minded player and a great competitor. Even though he doesn’t recall when he injured his knee, he was still out there the entire game and made two crucial catches on our final drive to set up the game-winning field goal. I know that being placed on Injured Reserve is difficult for him, but I also know he will maintain a strong presence in our locker room and will help our younger guys prepare and develop because that’s the type of team-first leader he is.”

Jackson now joins four other Bucs on the IR. The others are LB Devante Bond, DE George Johnson, RB Charles Sims and DE Jacquies Smith. Offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy has been on the PUP list all season.

This latest setback leaves Tampa Bay with four healthy wide receivers on the active roster: Mike Evans, Adam Humphries, Russell Shepard and Cecil Shorts. Donteaa Dye and Freddie Martino are on the practice squad.

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McKay's Ghost
4 years ago

At his age it’s probably over. Sucks.

Buc-Up
4 years ago

He’s definitely going to have to reschedule his contract if he wants to be in the team next year. Two years in a row with injuries doesn’t bode well for guy making $9- $10 million a year.

76Buc
Reply to  Buc-Up
4 years ago

The solution for his salary number is easy. It’s all about 3, so pay him $3,333,333.33 for a 1 year contract.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Buc-Up
4 years ago

Buc-up – VJ’s contract expires this season, so there is nothing to structure, and if he is to continue playing for the Bucs a new contract will be necessary. He almost certainly won’t merit anywhere near his current annual pay in a new contract, whether it’s with the Bucs or some other team. VJ said he intends to remain a resident of the Tampa Bay area, so if he gets healthy and still wants to play, it’s fair to assume his agent will attempt to get him a new contract at a much lower number with the Bucs … or… Read more »

pinkstob
4 years ago

Overall V. Jackson was one of the better FA signings by the Bucs. However, I think this was going to be his last year with the Bucs anyway and I’m not surprised he got hurt this season. I think he has earned the right to sign with another team next year before he retires, like Brandon Marshall or Steve Smith.

cgmaster27
Reply to  pinkstob
4 years ago

Agreed Pink, The man produced with some very shitty QB play throughout his tenure as a Buc.

Horse
4 years ago

VJ is a good guy and a good team player. Thank you VJ for being a Buc. I hope you and your family consider Tampa Bay home. I know as a Veteran I think you for all your support.

chetthevette
4 years ago

VJ is a classy guy. Wish the NFL had more like him.

mdbuc
4 years ago

That’s too bad for him. I hope he sticks around for next year. He can still play.

The team is running out of options on offense! Remember how bad it was for the passing game when he was out last year? Evans, VJax and Murphy could have been good enough. Without VJax, Doug, and ASJ, we’re going to struggle.

fredster
4 years ago

He’s class act and been great player for us. Wasn’t having good year at all though. Wonder if tear was there from game 1 and just got worse?

We need Martin back bad, but not sure losing Jackson will make a huge difference this year. Shorts and Murphy need to step up. Murphy should be back soon too I guess.

My guess is Jackson will retire.

htownbucfan03
4 years ago

I guess Roddy white watch is back on

MWD
MWD
4 years ago

This is bad for Winston, Evans and the Bucs Period! Dye and Murphy are not names that are going to draw attention from opposing secondaries, so Evans will be spied now or doubled. It amazes me how “the hits just keep on coming” with this franchise. At this point, I don’t even care if we sign Roddy White, as long as we sign someone who can come in immediately and help this team……But we won’t go get anyone at Macy’s, we’ll continue to shop at K-Mart, because that’s what we do. For the most part, VJ was declining this year… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Michael WestDominguez
4 years ago

Actually, our play from receivers and tight ends has been pretty decent this season, even with Vincent Jackson playing below his normal performance. So I don’t see this having any immediate negative impacts on the play of Jameis Winston or the offense. Mike Evans is on track for his most productive season yet (current pace a season long rate of 1,427 yards, 102 receptions, and 13 TDs, and his drops are way down at a seasonal rate of 6.4 vs. 11 last season). Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate are on pace for 691 yards and 630 yards, well above VJ… Read more »

stlbucsfan
4 years ago

I’ve been on record saying VJ should have been traded bc I saw the end last season. That said he was a very productive FA signing for us and his better football was wasted on bad teams. I wish him luck going forward with either retirement or playing elsewhere. That said, the road for Jameis continues to get more difficult, no ASJ, now no VJ which was more name than actual production but still. If the Jets continue to lose I think it would be worth while for us to call about Brandon Marshall. Hump is a solid slot guy,… Read more »

RootsCrew
RootsCrew
4 years ago

This really sucks. VJax has been one of the best FA signings in team history. He’s been excellent in the Tampa community and I hope he continues that work if he stays in the area. Unfortunately his production on the field fell off a cliff this season. Even with that, he still drew attention away from Mike. I was in favor of paying him his $9 million salary because I felt he had earned it & would still produce. But now it’s just a waste of money. Not addressing our WR depth this offseason is coming back to bite us… Read more »

martinii
4 years ago

Sorry About VJAX, He had a great career and will be missed not only as a player, but as a leader in the locker room and the community. I sincerely hope he has continued success. Thank you VJAX.

martinii
4 years ago

When are we the FANS going to find out about the health of Martin, McCoy, McDonald, Ayers, Spence, Sweezy, et. al? The Bye week is over and we were suppose to get well, but it appears the bulk of these players aren’t even practicing. I know we are playing the 49’ers who are not the best team in the NFL so is the plan to rest the above mentioned for another week and put our best on the field at home against the Raider’s? Inquiring minds need to Know.

Garv
4 years ago

Vincent Jackson going down is a sad and bad thing. He’s a class act and a man who represents his team and the Tampa area in such a positive way. He will be missed on the field and in the locker room. I was glad he came back this season but am afraid it’s the end of a damn good career for Vincent.

Always a Buccaneer, thank you VJax!

drdneast
4 years ago

Although I didn’t think so at the time, it probably would have been better to cut bait with Jackson at the beginning of the year. He doesn’t intimidate CB’s anymore who are usually playing tight coverage on him and have him locked down. Still he has been open on occasion but Winston seems to be locked on Mike Evans even if he is being double covered. This is an old habit of his that Gruden hit him about when he did his QB review on him before the draft. Jackson has been pretty ineffective this year as good as a… Read more »

stlbucsfan
Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

What you miss are the catches he’s capable of making like the one he made week 1 in Atlanta that helped win the game. Or the attention that he draws while playing which helps eliminate some of the coverage Mike Evans receives. Drunk or hungover he was better than any TE we have on the roster.

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