“He Got His Strength Back”

October 1st, 2017

Bucs DE Noah Spence

Bucs defensive end Noah Spence had shoulder issues last season, endured offseason shoulder surgery, and he’s got shoulder trouble already this year.

Dirk Koetter talked about Spence’s health status this week.

Spence separated his shoulder very early against the Vikings and told Joe after the game his arm was worthless after that so he left the game a good handful of minutes — and snaps — later.

Spence was back practicing this week with the shoulder harness he wore through most of last season. But do not fear, Dirk Koetter said on the Buccaneers Radio Network last week. The second-year-defensive end is as strong as ever.

“It came right back in,”Koetter said of Spence’s bad shoulder getting popped back into the socket. “He got his strength back. And he’s looked really good in practice this week. He’s had a good week.”

Mimosas for everyone. Spence is feeling good.

Keep in mind Koetter is unlikely to be throwing around generalities here. He’s probably referring to team doctors and trainers testing Spence’s strength against his previous work in the gym, and everything came up rosy.

No, Joe isn’t losing a sense of realism. Either Spence has bad luck, or he’s got a recurring shoulder issue that could be chronic. But against a sorry Giants pass-blocking unit, a strong but questionable shoulder might be all Spence needs to get another strip sack, like he did on the Bucs’ opening day.

12 Responses to ““He Got His Strength Back””

  1. tnew Says:

    One of my favorite players and hopes for this season to be a true break out. Once is luck, twice so close together is a reoccurring condition. I hope he figures out how to better work around it this season and a new procedure evolves as his career goes along.

  2. Negative Jeff Says:

    It’s gonna pop out again. Probably around 4:45pm. That Viking beat down was so bad I just don’t see any hope for hhis team. And worst of all, it appears JW is not the real deal. That’s he real bummer here. 6-10 here we come!

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    He obviously had trouble with it before getting drafted, and it dogged him last year enough to get surgery. Now, in Bucs Game 2 it’s messed up again, but days later they say it’s good? These things don’t get better with time, so I have to sadly conclude that the Bucs, already needing more in the DE department, need to think about drafting Spence’s replacement too. On top of that, we need to keep our eye on GMC. I years past, when he’s been 70% he was still better than other Bucs DTs that were 100%. I’m not sure that’s true anymore. I’m not one of the GMC antagonists, but he may be keeping more capable people from starting. The Bucs have played just 2 games, and already are the walking dead…

  4. FortMyersDave Says:

    So it “popped back in” and he got his strength back….. Man that sounds like something you’d have seen in “North Dallas 40” minus the needle……Hopefully he and GMC can do something to this Giant OL and put some pressure on Eli…..

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Negative Jeff, I agree on Spence, and hope I’m wrong. But I disagree on Jameis. Don’t let those three hacks over at TBT who, for whatever reason, felt compelled to EACH write a story questioning Winton’s capability, fool you. I wonder if they call each other the night before a workday to color coordinate their underpants for the next day. Winston has some growing to do, and with two seasons and two games, he has proven himself as a playmaker, to be resilient, to be a leader, and to be a good competitor. While he does need to control himself better on bad decisions for throwing the ball, that’s really one problem (decisions that lead to picks) and not two, as the underpants sports writers pretend. We’ll know by end of next year if he is the real deal, but there is much much MUCH more to state that he is, than isn’t. People have to remember that Newton and Wilson had offenses designed around their running ability…as did RGIII and Colin Kap.

  6. Tnew Says:

    Roy T. Regarding Winston. When are going people going to look at Koetter’s handling of Winston? Koetter keeps pushing all the negativity to Winston. He’s a strong young man, but everyone, no matter how strong, has a tipping point.

  7. Garv Says:

    I’ve got one comment. Noah Spence is one tough man, as determined as they come. Glad he’s a Buccaneer and on the field today!

  8. Jimmy T Says:

    Winston has zero running game and Koetter isn’t helping Jameis with his play calling. So today if the D gives up big plays and the Bucs get behind its going to be on Jameis to win it without a running game . He can only do som much. So if Jameis throws a pick and they lose 38-28 or something like that everyone will blame Jameis not this defensive scheme that you need an MIT degree to learn. Funny other teams have rookies who play on D but this defense is very difficult to learn. Tom Jones has had it in for Jameis since day one. Turnover machine? Really, in his first year he had absolutely no defense and I. His first year w Koeter as head coach last year did they have a running game to speak of? NO! Keep blaming Jameis and when he leaves here and wins a super bowl elsewhere you will wish you didn’t take this young man for granted

  9. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Tnew…good point. Agreed.

  10. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    If by separation they mean dislocation, which by their description is exactly what they mean, then it is going to be a recurring problem. The connective tissue in that are of the soldier will stretch if pulled repeatedly, even after surgery. If Spence is playing with that problem then he is a freaking man. You cannot imagine how much dislocating a shoulder hurts.

  11. Destinjohnny Says:

    He has one move and that’s to the outside.
    Situational pass rusher

  12. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Maybe, just maybe we can get 8 sacks from the Fantastic Duo of Spence and Gholston.