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Bucs reach injury settlement with fallen Hard Knocks star Fleming

TAMPA – Maurice Fleming, an undrafted rookie cornerback whose rise and heart-breaking fall was profiled on HBO’s most recent episode of Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has reached reached an injury settlement with the team.

The agreement was revealed on the NFL’s transaction wire on Friday, just seven days after Fleming was waived-injured by the Bucs after he suffered a left knee injury on one of the first plays he was involved in during the Bucs 12-8 win over the Jaguars last Thursday.

Fleming, whose work ethic was lauded at the beginning of last week’s show by coach Dirk Koetter, courageously played through the injury and actually helped preserve the Bucs victory by breaking up a pass into the end for wide receiver Dede Westbrook on one of the last plays of the game.

Fleming limped off the field after the game-saving play and was shown going through the exam that revealed his injury and being waived. He was later placed on injured reserve after he passed through waivers and is now a free agent but his days with the Bucs may not be over.

Fleming, whose settlement calls for him to receive 1/17 of the rookie minimum wage for each week he and the Bucs agreed he would have missed as a result of the injury, can re-sign with the Bucs three weeks after the settlement payouts are completed.

It’s possible then that the Bucs will bring Fleming back for the second half of the season, though Fleming also has the option of singing with another team. He was clearly making a good impression on the Bucs when he went down, though, and appears to have an affinity for the team.

It’s just a guess but the likelihood is that if he recovers quickly from his surgery, which is slated for next week to repair a torn meniscus, Fleming will eventually wind up back with the Bucs.

 

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