For the Buccaneers went ahead and drafted LSU linebacker Devin White with the 5th overall pick last month, it was partly out of him being a tremendous player, but also, out of them having need at inside linebacker.
And now, that has been bourne out with the team announcing Friday that another former LSU linebacker drafted in 2016, Kendell Beckwith, will miss his second consecutive season from a broken ankley in a car accident in the Spring of 2018.
The Bucs made it official around lunch time on there social media that Beckwith is once again, going to be placed on the non-football injury list:
We have placed LB Kendell Beckwith on the reserve/non-football injury list.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) May 10, 2019
It’s not an unexpected move, as both GM Jason Licht and new coach Bruce Arians refused to confirm earlier this offseason that Beckwith would be ready to go for this fall taking the “we’ll wait and see” approach.
Beckwith had a solid rookie year after being drafted in the third round out of LSU. He started 11 games in 2017 with 60 tackles and his best game being against the Patriots where he had 14 tackles (12 solo) in the loss. He was definitely a bright spot out of the Bucs 2018 draft class, and the team had high hopes for his future in the middle of the defense.
That all changed one late night last April. That’s when, Beckwith was as a passenger in his own car, a Chevy Camaro, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his former fellow LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow was at the wheel, lost control and wrecked into a gate. Beckwith suffered a serious ankle fracture that required surgery and caused him to be put on the “NFI” list, then.
Barrow was not seriously injured and was not charged in the accident.
Beckwith had suffered an ACL injury himself, in his final year at LSU. So, overcoming injury to make it in the NFL was nothing new for him. He rehabbed and the Bucs training staff and doctors worked him out last November, but they determined that he could not go on the active roster.
So, the team put him on season ending injured reserve last November.
Beckwith will not count against the 90 man roster, and it certainly appears, at this point, that his NFL career is over.
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