Earlier this week it was announced that Buccaneers safety Chris Conte, who left Monday Night Football’s game against the Steelers with a knee injury, would be placed on IR due to that injury.

Today we learned that that wasn’t a new injury, and that Conte tried to play that game on a torn PCL.

There are plenty of questions here, but the main one is how Conte was cleared to play with a torn PCL, if the report by Schefter is true. We’ve seen players play through injuries when they “can’t injure it any worse.” But, according to Koetter, he said that Conte’s injury was worse after the game than what it was before.

So what happened?

Though that question has yet to be answered, the answer to Conte’s playing time now is that he’ll be sidelined for at least six weeks.

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bveghte
bveghte
3 years ago

This is a serious topic but, on a side note, the pic you chose for this article is pretty funny. Is the ref mad at Conte for playing injured or for getting pancaked by the TE?

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
3 years ago

What a tough baller. He lost his soul to that stiff arm, but you can’t deny the dude is hard. He really shouldn’t have been out there if that’s the case.

Yank
Yank
Reply to  JustaBuc
3 years ago

Just curious…Isnt’ there a rule against hands to the face? Or is that just for Defensive Lineman and not necessarily an offensive player. McDonald on his stiff arm appeared to be stiff-arming Conte’s entire face mask. So if anyone could clarify that for me…thanks.

Freeman Strickland
Freeman Strickland
Reply to  JustaBuc
3 years ago

In the old days before MRI’s, arthroscopic surgeries and worries about opiate addiction, guys with a mild PCL took some narcotics and some aspirin played on it until they could not play any more. He was probably going to miss about the same amount of time anyway, so he tried to gut it out.

RudeGuy
RudeGuy
3 years ago

Does this type injury prevent you from tackling a huge TE by the legs?

Freeman Strickland
Freeman Strickland
Reply to  RudeGuy
3 years ago

Pretty much – try to bend and launch low on an injured knee is like trying to do it on ice with street shoes. It looked like it just gave out on him when he tried to square up on the sideline.

RudeGuy
RudeGuy
Reply to  Freeman Strickland
3 years ago

He should have never been out there if this is the case. This one is on the Bucs medical staff for clearing this guy to play.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
3 years ago

Dumb move playing someone with this injury. Hes already a bit of a liability, but just dumb playing with that Injury

WinstonMVP
WinstonMVP
3 years ago

Uh… The picture above is from a Bucs / Bronco’s game not the Bucs / Steelers game. Conte has always given his all for this team. Hope the future works out well for him and his family. GO BUCS!!!

surferdudes
3 years ago

Got to agree with master27, why play a bad player, with a bad injury? That tells me they don’t trust Whitehead yet, nor should they. So why haven’t they brought in a vet like Reid? Our defense sucks. I have no faith that Hoke can coach these rookies up, or Smith can figure out a way to stop Q.B.’s from completing 80% of their pass attempts. Licht, get off your ass, and find us a safety.

drdneast
drdneast
3 years ago

RudeGuy, did FreemanStrickland put it in simplistic enough terms for you to understand. You should change your name out here to DumbAss. Conte should never have been out there but tried to gut it out. The Bucs hayseed fans don’t deserve a player who leaves it out on the field like Conte. This team doesn’t need an All Pro safety or even Khalil Mack. It just needs a new defensive coordinator who doesn’t keep calling the same blitz schemes and lets the players be more aggressive and lets them attack instead of reading and reacting. Unfortunately it’s probably to late… Read more »

MWD
MWD
3 years ago

So…..I’m guessing before the game they just stuck a needle in his knee and when Gerald McCoy walked in Dirk Koetter replies “Stay out of this Big Mac, it has nothing to do with you!”
I agree, he was a liability at safety “anyway” before the knee news, but to play him knowing he had that injury is just a poor decision.

bucballer
bucballer
3 years ago

I just don’t understand how Conte, with an injured PCL, was a better choice to start than a healthy Whitehead or another backup? Some would say that even when 100% that Conte should not have started… This is a coach’s choice and i believe it was a wrong one… in fact, one that could have impacted the game! Secondly, why attempt a tackle of a man that outweighs you by 50lbs or more up high… why not take his legs out on sideline? if you don’t have confidence in your backup over an injured starter… then maybe you need better… Read more »

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

Tough guy playing through that. Not sure why he tried to tackle a huge TE so high? Perhaps because the knee. Who knows. We need help at safety. Whitehead has talent but another rookie out there in the secondary makes me little nervous. I wonder if Earl Thomas would be feasible money wise? Would really shore up this defense this year.

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

I also question why Ryan Jensen started he clearly wasn’t 100% and he’s not a pro bowl center regardless if we paid him that way. He is above average but you can’t tell me if he had flu he was better option than a healthy veteran center Evans? Lot of pressure in that game was up the middle. They were terrible against the blitz.

I guarantee Chicago will blitz almost every down until we prove we can stop it.

bucballer
bucballer
3 years ago

I think a flag should have been thrown on Pitt TE McDonald for Bullying on play where Conte was stiff armed! Wow! That was painful to watch… over and over again… a clinic on how not to tackle a bigger man!