Bucs Holding Their Breath On CrabtreeAugust 29th, 2013
Every NFL coach has the same goal in a preseason game: Stay healthy.
The Bucs couldn’t get that done tonight.
Lined up at fullback, as he’s done several times this preseason, tight end Tom Crabtree got his leg rolled up on while blocking and was carted off. The official word in the press box was “ankle injury.” If that’s accurate, it would be pretty darn rare to be carted off the field with a bad ankle and have it recover anytime soon.
It’s likely that Greg Schiano will update Crabtree’s condition tomorrow morning at his day-after-game news conference.
Crabtree appeared to have easily won the starting tight end job and was a key special teams player. Joe would be shocked if he plays against the Jets on opening day.
Schiano had recently acknowledged that the Bucs were running a tight-end-by-committee situation. That committee has now lost its chairman.