Buccaneers GM Jason Licht met with the Tampa Bay media Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming draft, but in the process of the Q & A, Licht revealed a significant off field injury to one of the Bucs defensive starters.
Linebacker Kendell Beckwith who played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2017, starting 11 of them, has been involved in a single car accident and will now miss off season time:
Bucs strongside linebacker Kendell Beckwith was involved in a car accident last week in Louisiana in which he suffered a fractured ankle and had to undergo surgery. He will miss a significant portion of the offseason. https://t.co/CldrI8fU5y
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 19, 2018
Beckwith was the Bucs third round pick last April, who at that time was recovering from a torn ACL suffered in his final season at LSU. It’s not clear if this is the same leg that he sustained the ACL injury that now has the fractured ankle.
Beckwith showed tremendous versatility playing all three linebacker positions repeatedly, during the season. He took over at starting middle linebacker for several games beginning in the Bucs second game with Minnesota after incumbent starter Kwon Alexander suffered a hamstring injury.
Beckwith’s biggest statistical game was the Thursday night September match-up with the New England Patriots, where he recorded 14 total tackles (12 unassisted). He finished with 73 total tackles on the season.
Along with Alexander missing time, Beckwith also was used a replacement for LaVonte David due to injury on several occasions during the year, too.
Licht said that the team is hopeful that they can have Beckwith back in time for the start of the season, but for now, that is an unknown.
Tampa Bay has used LB Adarius Glanton as a reserve, also last season, but he suffered a broken leg in the Monday night December game with the Falcons. Glanton, who has now legally changed his name to his father’s last name, Taylor, was re-signed just before the start of free agency. And, he may get a chance, if healthy, to get a look at Beckwith’s position.
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