Devin White “Probably” Will Miss Time

September 13th, 2019

The anointed rookie savior of the Buccaneers defense, No. 1 overall pick Devin White, hasn’t done much on the field for Tampa Bay yet, and the defense still has been quite good.

That’s quite a development.

White left last night’s game early with a knee injury. He was wearing a brace afterwards in the bowels of the Panthers’ home field.

Today, he is walking freely, per Bucco Bruce Arians. But White returning to play against the Giants in nine days is very much up in the air.

“So far, it looks like a grade-one, medial MCL [sprain], so it’ll be day-to-day,” Arians said. “As strong as he is, I don’t know how much time he’ll miss.”

Arians went on to say White “probably” will miss time, but like Arians said about Vita Vea’s knee injury in preseason, White might be tough enough to not miss a game.

“Knowing him, it could possibly be back, but he’s walking without a brace right now, so [we’ll] keep our fingers crossed,” Arians said.

After an illness hit him just before opening day and the early exit last night, Joe can’t really say much about White. Hopefully, he’s a fast healer. Joe wasn’t counting on White being “great” this season, but Joe certainly expected him to be good and available.

57 Responses to “Devin White “Probably” Will Miss Time”

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Thank God for Kevin Minter

  2. Snook Says:

    Everyone drafted in the top 10 is expected to be a savior for the team. I don’t understand why Joe likes to harp on that with White. Never mentions it for Jameis though.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:


  4. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    I never root for any injury(unless it’s julio developing a massive pimple on his forehead which makes wearing a helmet impossible during the week we play the falcons) but this might be a blessing in disguise. We are doing ok without him and if he can sit and learn a little bit then he will come back and make major contributions. I don’t understand the people who kick this kid(or any player) while he’s down and act like he wants to be injured.

    Todd Bowles is the savior of this defense. Joe or anyone else labeling white is unfair. Josh Allen is garbage and would have been a massive bust if we drafted him with his one speed “move” and inability to do anything else. I’m not sure if he everyone is kvetching.

  5. July Joe Says:

    Any news on the Bucs making a play for Minkah Fitzpatrick who is demanding a trade out of Miami? Maybe Justin Evans and a draft pick for Minkah would work?

    He and OJ were Bama teammates and Arians/Bowles could work wonders with him!

  6. Says:

    Pregame show on MOR said that White had tonsillitis right before the 49ers game.

  7. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:


    White had a procedure to remove an abscess from his tonsils

  8. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Heal time and play Minter until White is 100 % medically cleared and then some

  9. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    I feel like whenever I read about Devin White Joe is grinding his axe because he really wanted and still wants Josh Allen. Joe I wanted Allen too but White or Allen was never going to be the anointed savior you keep grinding your axe about. Todd Bowles is the savior of this defense. Without him we don’t win that game last night.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Joe Dirk’s Great Grandpappy is right. Your nickname for Devin White has been proven to be innacurate. Todd Bowles has been the real savior.

    Don’t expect you to change it but forgive me for telling you you’re wrong. You know we fans love to remind you when your wrong:) It’s a part of the reason we love your site.

  11. $acbuc$ Says:

    Can somebody please tell the coach if I can see that WHITEHEAD knows most of the plays before they start why can’t they see. He has showed great play recognition since day one. That kids has been flying to ball carrier on run plays since he suited up. He got so Luke in him.

  12. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Not good… Is this the curse of Licht striking again?

  13. Jeffbuc Says:

    The research I just did on a grade one mcl said you could be out a few days to a week and a half. Before your are ready to return to full Normal activities. So yeah 9 days he will play. That’s just for a regular joe that doesn’t have access to world class rehab and trainers. So I’m sure he will play next Sunday.

  14. $acbuc$ Says:

    I knew Kevin would be better then Devin because he is a Vet. That’s why we need Deone on the field ASAP. Let him play Safety. Replace Cappa with Watford or just tell Jensen to start a fight. Lol Cappa had Jensen back when Geraldine start throwing punches. Cappa start blocking after that. Caleb would fight Gerald too remember camp. Other teams be tryna fight us that why I liked Donald Penn he was taken all fades. You didn’t mess with his squad! Ali Marpet took on that rolled if ya ain’t noticed untalented talent evaluators.

  15. Tval Says:

    Could be a blessing in disguise. Let the young leader sit and see how well this defense performs in his absence. He may learn more about what NOT to do while standing beside Dr. Bowles. This defense is exciting though and makes the offense the same.

  16. mark2001 Says:

    $…let the young guys play. We won’t be in the SB this year anyway, so let them grow together and develop…and nothing better than playing than helping that. In fact, wish we had a young RT to put in instead of Dotson, for that very reason.

  17. $acbuc$ Says:

    Anthony Nelson look like a great draft pick now. Carlton Davis looks good out there but did any of you say anything about how M.J. Stewart LOCKED the slot receivers down. I don’t think it was one play completed on him. Thought he was a bust untalented talent evaluators. Vernon was actually getting cooked out there ala Ryan Smith. See a serviceable corner will knock the ball down before the receiver catches it. Not wait til he catch the ball then tackle him. That’s why you never even seen M.J. STEWART!

    PS I like Vernon and Ryan because they will hit. We need to put Jamel Dean and Carlton at CB1 and CB2 when they go 4Wrs and slide VH3 to the middle with M.J. would be much better against the draw play. Re sign Carl Nas Car Nassib RIGHT NOW!

  18. $acbuc$ Says:

    Yep I agreee replace Dot he has killed more drive over the pass year then any buccaneers line men in history. Check that stat number runners. I can bet you he has the most false start the most holding penalties and the most drive killing penalties in the last 9 years. Check it!

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    These labels placed on player by Joe used to bother me…..I’ve sort of numbed to them realizing they will always be there no matter how ridiculous they are….they add to the entertainment….
    So, join TBBF, relax and enjoy JBF knowing that he’s simply yanking chain.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  21. Clw JB Says:


    Watch the SF game again please – MJ in his normal position of reading the back of the receivers name on the back of their jersey as they score a TD

    He got burned bad a few times again last evening but Cam cant hit the broad side of a barn

    MJ Stewart is a best an OLB, more likely he should be in the XFL soon enough

  22. unbelievable Says:


    Dotson and D Smith take turns each year racking up the most drive killing penalties for this team.

  23. Polk Says:

    “I couldn’t really speak,” said White, whose job is to lead the huddle on defense. “You know, it was really hard having to call the plays. I mean, that’s my job, but … it was hard for me to breathe.”

    He couldn’t eat and lost 10 pounds because it hurt so much to swallow. It also kept him up at night. He struggled to take in adequate fluids but practiced all week in a heat index of 110 degrees. He wound up needing five IV bags between Friday and Sunday because he was so dehydrated.

    “I basically had a minor surgery on my tonsils. … I had like an abscess coming in behind them so I had to get it drained — it was full of pus. … It took the world [to be able to play].” ( ESPN )

    Exactly a person I want running this defense, playing in those circumstances shows heart/character, especially as a rookie. I have a feeling when this guy gets back to 100% this defense may be reminiscent of the glory days. And for all the Jameis people, I Think we should all give him time to really start feeling the playbook, he was in dorks since day 1.

  24. johnny Says:

    any chance Cichy plays that position? it seems he was active but had no stats?

  25. K2 Says:

    I believe White will be a very good player after a year or two. The media really likes to put extra pressure on rookies by setting false expectations. Then labeling them bust when they are only human. He is not a savior…he’s a rookie trying to adjust to the NFL.

    He has been sick…played a few snaps in his second game. The media can’t understand why he’s not the best ILB in the NFL????

  26. Jmarkbuc Says:




    Cmon Licht give up a 2nd that you usually waste and a player and get this kid…talented player, and we need him.

  27. LJS4th Says:

    JOSH ALLEN WHERE ARE YOU???? Oh yea destroying people in Jacksonville!!!

  28. NOSBOS Says:

    Destroying people in Jacksonville??? Please, describe to the audience exactly how???

  29. NOSBOS Says:

    Here’s a better question who will have more sacks, QB pressures and or QB hits this season??? Shaq Barret or josh allen??? Take your time with that dude.

  30. SCBucsFan Says:

    We just drafted a boatload of secondary players. We aren’t getting Minkah. Trent Willuams, well, I’ll listen.

    And you are correct, since we didn’t draft Allen Joe will rag on White unless he gets in the HOF.

  31. NOSBOS Says:

    I read one that said “I’m glad Mike Edwards played, would just like to have seen a splash or two from him”. Many of us would love to win the Powerball but we ain’t complaining about not having done so. Try this one, they are playing well mainly at this stage because they are doing jobs i.e their assignments and are not costing the team win by making pivotal mistakes at crucial times of the game. Patience grasshoppers the so called splash plays will come in time. Nobody asking Mike Edwards to running round freely like Troy Palomaolu used to. Reason being.. He’s a rookie.

  32. TonyC Says:

    I’m curious to see how they handle Barkley next week. if they can shut him down there’s not much else to defend.

  33. kyle Says:

    kevin minter should get a game ball

  34. TonyC Says:

    Glad to see Gholston’s back to stuffing the run. We now have four decent run stoppers (including Nacho).

  35. TonyC Says:

    Minter played well. He’s more than capable. They’re stacked at linebacker.

  36. Stanglassman Says:

    I didn’t realize that White was having those medical issues. I knew he was sick but nothing about the tonsil issue. I think he will be hitting his stride by mid season and just continue to get better. Did I want Allen, James and Cook, yes but not anymore because they’re not Buccaneers.

    $-BA answered your question today. He said Bowles was calling out the offensive plays before the snap to the Green Dot. White/Minter calls it out to the defense (Whitehead) and the rookie knows the plays like the rest of them.

  37. Billy_45 Says:

    Everybody saying Minter should get the game ball etc. Needs to go back and watch the 40 yard play to an old Greg Olsen.

    He totally leaves his man to double cover.

    He will get torched by better bigger faster TEs in this league.

    White can cover these guys but can he tackle.

    This reguires him being in the right position which Minter has been good at.

    Still need White to work out IMO.

    Now Shaq Barrett is a different story. That jump right move will work all year. 10+ sacks coming up.

  38. Jean Lafitte Says:

    “The anointed rookie savior”
    What a backhanded slight. Joe loves to talk about hate
    You seem to love make to things up. Bucs officials are the ones who anointed White this, not Joe. Heck, did you hear Ronde Barber talking about this on the Bucs’ pregame show last night? Joe was neither backhanded or slighting anyone. And Joe would happily admit to that if it was the case.–Joe

  39. The Mamba Says:

    We’re better off with Minter in there anyways. White doesn’t seem to be what many thought he could be. Wish we had Kwon back.

    Go BUCS!!

  40. Stanglassman Says:

    Billy-I agree completely on Minter but with our current limits medically the only way to get Kevin’s brain in White’s body is for White to learn from him and get experience on the field. Minter physically just can’t play the run and back peddle fast enough with the better Rbs and TEs deep middle. White with experience can.

    You are really going out on a limb saying Barrett will get 6 more sacks over the next 14 games. 🙂 I’ll up that to 15+. Not to blow my own horn but I said before the season when others were saying 8+ I believed he was going to get 12+.

  41. Stanglassman Says:

    Mamba- You are giving up on White too early. That statement will not age well.

  42. J Says:

    I was always behind the DW pick and thought what might happen if he gets injured. Well after watching how deep we became at the LB position thru OTAs and preseason I was not worried at all with the next man up, and for once felt confident about that feeling with my football team. We’re extremely fortunate to be so deep at a vital position in the NFL.

  43. Stanglassman Says:

    TonyC- Don’t sleep on their TE E. Engram. Coming into the season he was ranked top 5 ahead of OJ by most the ‘experts ‘.

  44. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Evans is on IR…there’s a place and a need for Minkah….

  45. Easy Says:

    Minter made an instant impact when he was in the game. White just looks a step slow right now.

  46. J Says:

    Easy, I agree, I just believe it’s his learning curve that’s got him a step behind(game speed).

  47. Buc1987 Says:

    lol Fans taking shots at a ROOKIE LB.

  48. Rodney Munch Says:

    What the hell are people talking about saying he hasn’t done much.

    He’s a rookie that hasn’t even played 5 full quarters of football.

    Jesus f’ing Christ.

  49. Buczilla Says:

    I’m rooting for this kid, but I have yet to see him make a big play. The way that Licht and some coaches were raving about him after the draft, you would have thought that big plays would be the norm for him. Dumb pick by Licht that is looking more like Keith McCants rather than Brooks or Nickerson.

  50. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m with you on McCants he was dumb as a rock. See ball get ball, that was the extent of his football knowledge. Hardy was a seasoned vet when he came here and he didn’t become a starter in Pittsburgh until year 4. I love Hardy. He changed the culture here and practically built the new stadium himself. Brooks is my all time favorite Buc (he and Lee Roy) but he didn’t see action til week 5 his rookie year and only then because of injuries. All I’m saying is it’s a little early to be passing judgment on the GM and rookie at this point. The guys played in one & 1/4 quarters of football and gutted it out with an illness and throat surgery. I wanted Allen too but he doesn’t play for us.

  51. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I believe at this stage Kevin Minter is better than Devin White but rookies are only going to get better with reps. White is fast and smart. He should be able to adjust from college game speed to NFL speed in a very short time. Perhaps both LBs can split the snaps.

  52. Destinjohnny Says:

    Hate to say it but when minter went in CMC stopped getting any yards

  53. Destinjohnny Says:

    I watch heaps of LSU football
    In college he would make beyond epic splash plays.
    But he wiffed on more plays then he made.

  54. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  55. The Mamba Says:

    All I’m saying is that Kwon came in and made an instant impact. Maybe I set my expectations too high out the gate for this kid, but I guess time will tell.

    Go BUCS!!

  56. Brandon Says:

    Honestly thought Minter showed the toughness and smarts needed to man the middle. White would do well to watch him and learn from a guy that has been there and doing that!

  57. BringBucsBack Says:

    When White heals and returns, LD should call plays. To this point, White hasn’t been great. He seems slowed and suffering from paralysis by analysis.