Vincent Jackson Could Return SoonSeptember 23rd, 2013
With the Bucs offense teetering between pathetic and criminal, the team got a major scare when No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson was lost during the ugly loss to the Patriots with a rib injury.
No need to run for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Bucs fans. It appears Jackson will be fine, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, by way of Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Jackson did not suffer any broken ribs Sunday and should be OK, according to a person who spoke with the player.
Jackson was injured in the third quarter of Tampa Bay’s 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. He underwent tests Monday morning to determine the extent of the damage. The Buccaneers will host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.
Jackson has been one of the only bright spots on Tampa Bay’s anemic offense this season, leading the team with 15 receptions for 265 yards. Jackson hasn’t missed one game since 2010. We’d be surprised if that streak ends in Week 4.
Is Jackson having his best year of his career? Of course not. It’s hard to argue the Bucs are better off with him not on the field, despite him having a severe case of the dropsies.
The Bucs need Jackson at full strength, along with a healthy Mike Williams, or Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman is toast.