Adrian Clayborn Out For Season

September 12th, 2014

ClaybornThe Bucs have announced Adrian Clayborn has been placed on injured reserve with a biceps injury. Joe’s presuming it’s a tear that will require surgery.

What a blow to the Tampa Bay defensive line. There are varying opinions of Clayborn’s value, but he was at least strong depth, and maybe could have been a lot more this season.

The bad news comes on the heels of Michael Johnson’s ankle injury and invisible preseason, and opening day.

The Bucs have re-signed DE Scott Solomon to fill Clayborn’s spot. Solomon was cut earlier this week after he played about 40 percent of the defensive snaps rotating in against Carolina.

Can Da’Quan Bowers resurrect himself as a defensive end?

Can William Gholston contribute?

Will just-signed former Chargers bust Larry English find a way to contribute?

Joe’s not worried too much about Sunday, but Joe doesn’t want to think about what might happen to the Bucs in Atlanta next Thursday night. It’s not like there are good pass rushers at home sitting on their couch that the Bucs can snag. Edge rushers are serious commodity in the NFL.

Clayborn was in his contract year, and his Bucs days are likely over. Draft junkies can now start dialing in to what edge rushers the Bucs might target in May.



41 Responses to “Adrian Clayborn Out For Season”

  1. Mike10 Says:

    Didn’t know he was having biceps problem…

  2. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Is that tear on the Erb’s palsy side or the other? Either way our turrible pass rush just got worse.

  3. Nic Says:

    Damn it. I thought he would at least do SOMETHING productive.

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    It sounds like the injury report for the Bucs is overflowing. Bring in the backups. Curses!

  5. stevek Says:

    This is sad. Clayborn may have played his last down as a Buc.

  6. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Goddammit. Same injury that took out McCoy his first two years.

    Here come all the Slowborn jokes, but let me ask – does not having AC on the team make us better?

  7. Bucfreak Says:

    Adios Adrian. Glad to have had you on the team. Won’t be seeing you. This is a contract year, and he hasn’t shown anything in his time here.

    At least we know what our draft picks next year will be. QB, DE, G, T, and CB. This is getting ridiculous.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    And that’s all she wrote on his bucs career. No way they bring him back now, after they rejected the extra year on his contract.

  9. Micronole Says:

    Another Dominik pick in the crapper. Wil likely never play another down for the Bucs.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Wow, the stinking panther game left a trail of maimed Bucs in it’s wake. The Steelers play at Carolina next week. They are going to get plastered.

  11. Patrick in VA Says:

    We have Larry English. Even if he’s bad, he’ll do just as well as AC

  12. Jason Says:

    I’m just stunned Buc Realist hasn’t commented yet, gloating about how horrible Clayborn is.
    He must still be imbibing adult beverages as he celebrates the news.

  13. Mike10 Says:

    Steven Means coming back??

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Jason – He’s still “handling his excitement”. Give him a minute to do some cleanup and compose himself and i’m sure he’ll have something to say soon.

  15. Stanglassman Says:

    When did this happen? Lovie presser Thurs he is not on the injury report. I just watched a video that has since been pulled with him on the practice field on Wens. That only leaves the padded practice Thurs, is this why Lovie was upset during the press conf on Thurs after practice?

  16. Justin Says:

    LOL so that strategy on keeping players healthy during the preseason backfired huh? This is what happens when players aren’t used to real game speed, because they play 1-2 drives per preseason game and expect the magically turn it on once the regular season starts. Evidence of that can be seen all over the league with the insane amount of injuries already stacking up after week 1..Clayborn’s career has been up and down in Tampa, but it’s time to start looking for pass rushers in the upcoming draft or make a trade to bring in some help. It’s a literal crime that Gerald McCoy is spending his prime years as the only respectable pass rusher on the Bucs front four. Give him some help! This year is ending before it even started.

  17. Buqsfan Says:

    At least they brought Scott Solomon back. He has a little bit of a dog in him. A Micheal Bennett 2.

  18. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Clayborn had a decent rookie year. Been a complete bust since then. This might mean good things for the pass rush. Seems like a nice enough guy, just not good enough to cut it at this point.

  19. knucknbuc Says:

    Call me crazy but I don’t think this is a huge loss as it seems. I thought Solomon put decent pressure on when he was in and he flashed more then clayborn did. At least I saw him sniff the qb unlike clayborn. William “the force” gholston was pushing clayborn for or this preseason and imo lovie wanted him to win it. I think we’ll be fine I mean it’s not like our pass rush can be any worse then last week so…

  20. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Let me state that I am not celebrating, I just wanted someone to rip the job from adrian slowborn, the fact that he is losing his season and bucs career to injury is not a good thing. Also there will be a small group of fans that will say that He would have excelled but he did not get a chance.

  21. bucrightoff Says:

    Outside GMC, Michael Bennett is the only good DLine the Bucs have had the last 4 or 5 years. Clayborn seems like a good guy but he never put it together on the field.

  22. Architek Says:


  23. mpmalloy Says:

    Not being a downer, but as usual the Bucs
    depth is paper thin (due to the high price of
    quality players).
    We’ll end being as bad as the Morris
    and Schiano eras…which should prove once and for
    all that no matter who the coach is the Bucs will
    always be bad because of the way they’re run from
    the top down.
    When you have owners like Culverhouse or the
    soccer-brats you’re pretty much doomed from square one.

  24. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Maybe its Schiano’s fault somehow…

  25. BucfanBF Says:

    He has never been productive for us outside of his first year… He wont be back and I’m cool with that. Very tired of always having poor play from our DE’s. I Pray that Bowers can stay healthy and prove his worth and Gholston comes on with that talent and elevates his game.

  26. Bman Says:

    Call Sim! He’s only 40 and I’m sure he wouldn’t get any less sacks than our DEs got last week!

  27. Jimbo Says:

    @mpmalley If you are this strongly convinced that we are indefinitely doomed because of the owners, PLEASE pick a different team. You will never be happy about anything we do as long as the Glazers own the team and I doubt they are selling anytime soon. If we went to the playoffs, you would whine that we didn’t win the big one.

    The Jags have Bortles and Miami has Marino on the payroll. Have your pick. Both fan bases would love to have you. 🙂

  28. nate_tweetz Says:

    There will be no drop off with the loss of Clayborn. Can’t fall off the cliff if you’re already at the bottom of it.

  29. Bucfever40 Says:

    This is the ONLY thing I hate about pro football, injuries can easily change the course of the season for every team. I like AC and wish him not only a speedy recovery, but hopefully a way back in that rotation.

  30. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Not a bad guy. Just never really a first round worthy talent. Hope that he recovers and becomes a backup DE somewhere, with run stopping in mind.

    I would love to see English do something with the opportunity. Or Gholston.

  31. Dirk Disco Says:

    Just like Jenkins, this is another starter lost on Defense which might actually be better for the team. Both Jenkins and Clayborn STUNK.

  32. CC Says:

    Next man up. Gholston.

  33. Louis Friend Says:

    Yeah, I’m kind of fine with him being out. Sorry he got hurt, but I think a street FA can give about the same amount of performance. If you can’t beat a guy 1-1, ever, it’s hard to say you’re going to be missed.

    Solomon isn’t a bad player, worth a shot.

  34. Jim Says:

    On the bright side, the Bucs will have a high pick next year and ticket prices will not increase after the team finishes 3-13.

  35. FanOfBucs Says:

    Poor Lovie. He has no OL, he has no QB, he has no pass rushers and he has no depth… Rough

  36. Joe Says:

    Poor Lovie. He has no OL, he has no QB, he has no pass rushers and he has no depth… Rough

    And he picked just about all of those you cited.

  37. tickrdr Says:

    I’m surprised no one has commented about Jeremy Zuttah starting at center for the Ravens, who crushed the Steelers last night. My point in bringing him up, is that the top echelon teams consistently evaluate talent better; both with respect to current starters as well as their backups. They consequently keep their good players, or waive or trade their weaker players. Sometimes they do this when a player is still quite serviceable, but declining in their evaluation, so they get maximum value before the player declines noticeably to even the casual fan. They even do this with available waiver guys, and therefore consistently have better depth when the inevitable injuries strike. These skills are the purview of the head coach and the GM, and with all due respect to mpmalloy, likely have little if anything to do with the owners. That is why the very best teams seem to always draft the best player available, which leads to eventual solid depth. So the very best teams always have “backups who could start on many other teams”. Witness Carolina having their left tackle retire, but his replacement didn’t seem a huge dropoff last Sunday.


  38. Mike J Says:

    How does one tell he is gone??

  39. buc4lyfe Says:

    some of you have issues!!!

    you think Adrian clayborn sucks and ok while that may be true in your opinion it’s kinda stupid to think that a back up is an upgrade when everyone started off on even ground and no one could take his spot…..yes the line just got worse

  40. Buccinfan Says:

    I like English I believe he could be a valuable asset to the team. Not a star but a decent role player on the line. I believe the d line will be just fine as long as McCoy stays healthy.

  41. BK Says:


    Clayborn may want to get his resume updated….son your NFL career is over.