Bears fans, and a small portion of Bucs fans, might feel comfortable questioning safety Chris Conte’s play on the field, but no one can question his toughness.

After being injured in the Bucs 14-5 win over the Seattle Seahawks on November 27, Conte spent the night in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, according to a league source. The source told that Conte was coughing up blood, but the exact nature of the injury wasn’t revealed. The Bucs had listed Conte out over the last two weeks with what was described as a chest injury.

Bucs safety Chris Conte – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs safety Chris Conte – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

 The good news for the Bucs and Conte is the former Bears starter is expected to rejoin the team for practice on Wednesday after missing the last two games.

Fortunately for the Buccaneers, backup Keith Tandy has played well in Conte’s absence, closing out the last two wins with interceptions, one coming against Philip Rivers, and last week’s game sealer coming off of Drew Brees. 

Conte, like the majority of the rest of the Bucs defense, struggled somewhat earlier in the season, but was playing the best football of his Bucs career prior to the injury. Conte’s biggest play came this season on November 13 against the Bears, when he scored the first touchdown of his career after intercepting former teammate Jay Cutler and returning it for a 20-yard touchdown. 

On the season, Conte has played in 11 games, while recording 65 tackles, four pass breakups and two touchdowns. 

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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4 years ago

Oh my goodness. I am glad he is ok. Go Bucs!

4 years ago

I can’t believe he wasn’t put on IR! This is crazy; it’s serious when you are coughing up blood. This is a very violent sport and he needs to heel within. I don’t care what the Doctors say he is acceptable to clots and bleeding out,if it’s true that he was coughing up blood.

Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

I was thinking the same thing. Surprising he’s already back at practice or at least expected to be…

4 years ago

I wonder if the Bucs would take a look at the newly released Michael Floyd?

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4 years ago

I was wondering the same thing.

4 years ago

Glad this is over. Now Winston can just concentrate on football and getting better! Wish the same for the young woman – that she find peace and success as she moves on with her life!

4 years ago

Conte is a tough SOB. Always has been. Maybe not an elite safety but is tough.
His whole career he has shown disregard for himself injuriy wise. Let’s hope the doctors know what they are doing. At least it’s not critical he starts, Tandy is playing great.