After re-aggravating a previous injury late in the Bucs’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11, suffering what could now be a potentially career-ending cervical injury to his neck, center A.Q. Shipley will be placed on injured reserve.
“He had what we thought was a stinger,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “He had this injury back in 2013, I believe, and once we did the MRI and X-rays it was determined that he shouldn’t play anymore.
But more than just being placed on the injured reserve, Shipley will informally join Tampa Bay’s coaching staff as he begins a prospective coaching career, per Arians.
“He’ll be going on the IR and starting his coaching career…” Arians said about Shipley’s diagnosis. “He aspires to be a coach and I think that he’ll be a great one, so we’ll get him started to make sure that he likes this life.”