The off season has not been kind recently to the Buccaneers. With uncertainty about a possible conduct policy violation suspension for QB Jameis Winston and also news that starting right tackle Demar Dotson injured his knee somehow while away from the team facility and activities, it was concerning enough.
Then, GM Jason Licht dropped the latest bad news himself on Thursday morning: young linebacker Kendell Beckwith will miss all or almost all of the buildup for the 2018 season due to a broken ankle sustained in car accident last week.
Here’s more on what happened from authorities in Baton Rouge, LA, and ESPN.com’s Jenna Laine:
Details on the car crash involving Kendell Beckwith and former LSU teammate Lamin Barrow, who was driving Beckwith's vehicle with a suspended license https://t.co/V2JuHdbruo
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 19, 2018
As Laine wrote from a Baton Rouge police spokesperson, Beckwith was actually the passenger in his own car, a Chevy Camaro, in Baton Rouge over night last Friday, when former fellow LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow lost control at the wheel and wrecked into a gate.
Barrow, who last played in the NFL in 2015 with the Bears, was apparently not impaired, but was driving with a suspended license, and was also slightly injured in the crash. Beckwith, meanwhile, sustained a fractured ankle with the full extent of that injury unknown at this time.
We wrote shortly after the draft last year, when the Bucs got Beckwith in the third round, he was regarded as a “middle round gem.” This was because he arguably had first round talent, but had slipped because of an ACL injury. Beckwith hurt his knee in November of 2016 in LSU’s loss to Florida in Baton Rouge.
However, he made a tremendous off season recovery and was ready to go for the start of training camp at full speed. And ended up being a versatile talented rookie for defensive coordinator Mike Smith to use last year for the Buccaneers. Beckwith ended up starting 11 games last year at all three linebacker positions.
It’s still unclear if the broken ankle is the same leg as the ACL injury from 2016, but the Bucs and their fans have to be hopeful that Beckwith has already made a speedy full recovery from serious injury last year and can do it, again.
They are also hoping that the off season of bad news stops right about now, too.
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