MINNEAPOLIS, Mn. – Reporters encountered a very frustrated Noah Spence when they arrived at the second-year defensive end’s stall inside the Buccaneers locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium late Sunday afternoon.
It was hard to tell, though, what Spence was more frustrated by – the poor way in which the Bucs defense performed during its 34-17 loss to the Vikings or the shoulder injury he suffered early on in it.
It may have been the latter. After all, the pass rusher the Bucs drafted in the second round a year ago revealed that the right shoulder injury he suffered Sunday was the same one he suffered a year ago.
“Yep, I dislocated it again,’’ Spence said.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Spence did not – at least as far as he knows – tear the labrum in the shoulder, which is what he did a year ago when he first dislocated it in Week 4.
Spence said he’ll get an MRI today to determine the true severity of the shoulder issue, but what’s frustrating him is that he continues to dislocate the shoulder.
He did the same in the Bucs Week 17 game last year. Just as he did then, Spence played through the injury on Sunday, but only after he once again donned the harness that helps keep the shoulder in place.
“I carry it with me,’’ Spence said. “So once again, I just put it on. Same old routine. Put the strap on and go out there and play. I’m just tired of it. I just want to be 100-percent.’’
The Bucs would like to see Spence at 100-percent. After all, he came out of college a year ago as arguably the most pure pass rusher in the draft and that’s something the Bucs truly need.
You have to wonder, though, if the Bucs are ever going to see just how good Spence can be or if this shoulder issue of his is chronic and therefor something he’ll deal with his entire career.