Vincent Jackson Could Return Soon

September 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 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.

35 Responses to “Vincent Jackson Could Return Soon”

  1. Eternally Optimistic Homer Says:

    Any word on GMC?

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    In my personal opinion. I think Jackson was fine. I think he quit on Freeman during that game and is tired of having to go up high to snag down all his balls. It’s just an opinion. I think he was faking it.

  3. Patrick Says:

    Good, we need him back and ready to play.

  4. Theodore Says:

    >>is tired of having to go up high to snag down all his balls<<

    @Buc1987 – A few of those "drops" on Sunday was Freeman throwing high on slants. The receivers are expecting those passes to be low and in the gut, not high where they have to rotate their hands up with almost no time to adjust.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    Theodore …yup.

  6. Free's A Boob Says:

    Free is in the melba zone no matter what.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    I’m still bringing my paper bag to the game this Sunday. I’ll wait to put it over my head until the end of the game if the Bucs are about to lose. It will read 0-4 Start Glennon.

  8. blackmagic00 Says:

    87 I’m kinda with you. I’m starting to think maybe the team as a whole is quitting because of Josh. Sucks because I like the guy, but I’m also not in the locker room or on the field. All I know is if something doesn’t get fixed soon it’s 2009 and 2011 all over again. Why can’t this team ever just be its better self? I think Panther fans are in for a rude awakening, but at least that team showed signs of life. If Glennon is even half the answer I hope he starts this Sunday so we can have some kind of answers. Josh or Glennon, I don’t care at this point. I just want these guys to win.

  9. Splengo Says:


    I read your comment today about trying out Tebow and now you’re fashioning a myth about V-Jax faking an injury because of Freeman. C’mon man, you’re going to have to check yourself before you wreck yourself! If you persist in these lunatic fringe ideas, you’re going to have to join Aldon Smith in rehab.

  10. Cmurda Says:

    If we lose to the Cards at home, it is paper bag time. I cant deny that. Josh Freeman may not be able to get out of that stadium either on the Himes or Dale Mabry side. I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that. The Cards are banged up and we should stomp them. There is no excuse if we can’t beat them.

  11. Draft Marty Schottenheimer Says:

    Maybe we can get The ‘Ol Ball Coach to try the NFL again

  12. Adam L. Says:

    Freeman is incapable of hitting a receiver in stride. He’s always throwing to the back shoulder, low, or high… he never leads anyone. He has no touch.

  13. Eternally Optimistic Homer Says:

    Buc1987 Says: September 23rd, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    “In my personal opinion. I think Jackson was fine. I think he quit on Freeman during that game and is tired of having to go up high to snag down all his balls. It’s just an opinion. I think he was faking it.”

    That’s idiotic.

    Jackson is a professional and never quits. The only faker here is you.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    “He has no touch.”

    Adam L…. Yup especially on short throws. He drills the ball in there at 100 MPH. Oh and forgot to mention he’s in his 4th season too. I can’t say for sure if it’s all him or Sully’s scheme. That’s why I split it 60% scheme 40% Freeman’s fault. I thought these coaches could fix him. That’s why I started this season as a Freemanite. Sully fixed Eli at one time. Maybe Freeman is just broken beyond repair.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Eternally Unrealistic Homer…come under your real screen name and then address me. We all have opinions and that is mine. I think Jackson is tired of Freeman.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Eternally Unrealistic Homer…there were accusations of such things like Jackson faking injuries while he was with San Diego. Google it.

  17. Eternally Optimistic Homer Says:

    Buc1987, you mean the opinion that changes with the wind? You went from holding a sign supporting Freeman 3 weeks ago to wearing a paper bag saying start glennon. You are a hypocrite thru amd thru. Total bandwagon fan. You may not like hearing it but your actions speak it louder than I do.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Is Vincent Jackson faking an injury?

    Started by yoadrian, Nov 28 2010 06:59 PM

    Updated: November 29, 2010, 10:07 PM ET Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — Chargers running back Mike Tolbert defended teammate Vincent Jackson on Monday, saying the wide receiver got hurt in practice last week and wouldn’t have faked an injury in his first game back following a contract dispute.
    Jackson started Sunday night’s victory at Indianapolis but limped off the field after two plays with a strained right calf, raising eyebrows due to his clash earlier this year with the front office.

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Eternally Unrealistic Homer…your opinion of me? Means nothing.

  20. Eternally Optimistic Homer Says:

    The dude hasn’t missed a game in 3 years and he had x-rays that show the damage. You are as bad as these hack reporters making things up. You can think anything…that the sky is pink for all I care…but that doesn’t mean you are anywhere close to right.

  21. Eternally Optimistic Homer Says:

    Really? You are going to use fan generated accusations that were picked up by hack media to support your claim? Lol

    Get a life. And if my opinion doesn’t mean anything why respond at all? Just ignore me. But you can’t because the truth hurts.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    I think he was fine. I think he quit on Freeman. Just like 3/4 of the fan base.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    I was eternally optimistic for Freeman before the season. I’ve seen enough already.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Eternally Optimistic Homer…If I was a bandwagon fan. I would not be on this site until the team starts winning. That is the definition of a bandwagon fan. Whether you know that or not is not my problem.

    The only thing that hurts me right now is watching my team lose. Not your opinion.
    I want the team to win. I don’t call the shots who starts at QB, but I can have an opinion about it. Since there is 2 other QB’s on the TEAM.

  25. Patrick Says:

    Freeman isn’t a “franchise” quarterback Joe. Stop making me laugh. lol.

  26. deathaneers Says:

    Buc 1987, agree 100%

    Go BUCS

  27. Nick2 Says:

    If there are any Freeman supporters left go check the quarterback ratings. Yup we are the proud holders of the dead last quarterback in the league rating wise. Now I want some Freeman supporters to tell me how quarterback rating means nothing. All three quarterback that are undefeated are in the top 10 of rankings. Freemans fellow basement dwellers are Weeden, Geno Smith, Christian Ponder and others but ofcourse they are all above and playing better than Free. It really is a Quarterback driven league.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    For the record I supported Dilfer too….but only for so long.

  29. deathaneers Says:

    It is very hard for me to turn on Freeman but something needs to give. Glennon is not ready but what other option do we have. The team is loaded with talent or a bunch of over paid players and we still suck!
    I’m tiered of the losing.

  30. SteveBucsFan (MGM) Says:

    I agree 1987. No one wanted to help him up after the sack either.

  31. SteveBucsFan (MGM) Says:

    The only people who talk good about freeman are schiano and williams.

  32. Saskbuco Says:

    Can’t resist, McFadden needs one more to catch Freeman……still cheer him on, still hope he turns it around

  33. Bobby Says:

    I’ve seen two clear helmet to helmet hits in this Denver v. Oakland game and no flags. We get screwed with those calls if we hit anywhere above the navel….

  34. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    That’s awful for you to say that about Jackson. That guy is a true professional in every sense of the word. He comes to work every single day and works his butt off. When, at any point, have you ever heard of him complaining about anything in either San Diego or Tampa? When have you ever heard of another player complaining about Jackson as a bad teammate? Did he not just win the captain vote? To accuse him of faking an injury is a horrible thing to do, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Unbelievable.

  35. MakaveliTheDon Says:

    I saw something on Michael Bennett, how he’s already got 2.5 sacks in 3 games and 7 tackles. And his Seahawks are 3-0. Well I did some fckin around on Google, and came up with this GEM of an article from non other than……JoeBucsFan:

    Bennett explained why he’s skeptical of New Schiano Order tactics and said he doesn’t believe it’s an ideal method for grown men

    “The coaches are very different. You know, Coach Schiano is more hard-nosed, military-type guy. And Coach Carroll is so laid back, it gives the guys chances to not be on their back but still coach them at the same time,” Bennett said. “Because I think a lot of players, they’re adults, too, and when you treat them like kids they get offended by that. You know what I mean? Because players, you know, they got their mortgages, they got their kids, they got wives, they got family, they got things they can do.

    “So they know it’s their job and they know when they make mistakes. But it’s a coach’s job to keep them honest, you know what I mean. But when a coach is just too much on them, I think the players rebel. Because, you know, they’re going to be like, ’Why is he on me like this? It’s my fifth year in the league. I know more than him.’ Guys are just like, you know, it just becomes a big conflict, I think.”

    None of this surprises Joe. However, Joe is troubled hearing it come from Bennett, who is a very level-headed guy. Bennett also appeared to be the textbook Buccaneer Man under Schiano. He was hard-working, versatile and he played through an injury and took on a tremendous number of snaps.

    Current Buccaneers surely share Bennett’s attitude. But Joe has no problem with that. You don’t have to love your boss. Numerous hard-nosed NFL coaches have achieved greatness, including Tom Coughlin winning two Super Bowls recently. Schiano’s tactics can work. Joe’s more skeptical of Schiano’s ability as a game-day coach. (You can hear the Bennett audio below.)

    @Coach Schiano,

    If youve somehow stumbled across this page, really take a good look at that post, and what Bennett is saying.

    And just assume that every single player thinks this same way. I’m sure that there are some that don’t. But just assume that they ALL do. Then maybe you can re-evaluate your own tactics, do your best to adjust and save this season. There’s still 13 games left.