“Significant” Ankle Sprain For CrabtreeAugust 30th, 2013
Today’s news on starting tight end Tom Crabtree was, as expected, bad. Greg Schiano said Crabtree suffered a “significant” ankle sprain.
Joe wrote about the injury last night. Given that Crabtree was carted off the field, Joe can’t see him returning in September. Schiano didn’t offer a timetable.
Joe sees this as an opening for TE Danny Noble to stick around and try and prove himself again at tight end. Noble surprised and made the opening 53-man roster last season before getting injured midway through the season.
He’s done some good things this preseason and Joe remembers Josh Freeman raving about him. Joe also has a little intelligence that says Noble’s stock is rising.
Now this is nothing to get excited about. Luke Stocker played last night and should be able to handle the starting tight end job. The Bucs were looking at Crabtree as a potential weapon in the passing game, but he’s hardly essential.