Sometimes injuries for football players happen off of the football field.
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence continued to watch from the sidelines as he recovers from the back surgery suffered a month ago.
“I’m probably a couple more months away,” Spence told Tampa Bay Times staff writer Greg Auman and PewterReport.com at the end of Sunday’s practice at One Buc Place.
The injury occurred after Spence was lifting weights and felt something in his back “slip”. He had surgery on July 2, and isn’t expected to return to the squad until after the start of the season, making him an eligible player for the physically unable to perform list (PUP), which would keep him from counting towards the roster until after game six. Although the surgery was recent, Spence is very optimistic about returning the field this year.
“I’ll probably shoot for October or something like that,” Spence told Auman. “I’m not sure. I’m four weeks into rehab. I’m feeling well [and] walking around.”
Although the Bucs hope to see Spence back on the field this season, they are prepared to move forward without him if he isn’t available with veteran defensive linemen Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald, and Henry Melton along with the recently re-signed Da’Quan Bowers.