Jaelon Darden Out With Hamstring Injury; O.J. Howard And Antonio Brown Are Close

June 8th, 2021

Bucs fans might remember back to 2019, when Bucco Bruce Arians spoke openly about Scotty Miller and other rookies learning/needing to practice through injuries.

That memory rang in Joe’s head today as Bucco Bruce Arians said rookie receiver Jaelon Darden’s absence from Day 1 of minicamp practice was because of a very mildly tweaked hamstring.

Arians said Darden has no hamstring-injury history, but the Bucs will be careful and perhaps Darden will see the field on the final day of mandatory minicamp on Thursday.

Hamstring issues often lead to more hamstring issues, so it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.

On this loaded football team, an early-season physical setback is a big hill to overcome. Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Tyler Johnson learned that first-hand last year.

On the injury front overall, Ndamukong Suh has a nothing-serious wrist issue. O.J. Howard isn’t ready yet but Bucco Bruce Arians says his Achilles is “close.” And Arians said Antonio Brown’s recovering knee is “two weeks away.”

8 Responses to “Jaelon Darden Out With Hamstring Injury; O.J. Howard And Antonio Brown Are Close”

  1. Miller5252 Says:

    Tampa always seems like they have a lot of hamstring issues. I’m sure Joe already has the story built for Evans yearly preseason hamstring issue.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    I’m headed to the bodega to get some wine & zigzags so i can calm down. No more hammies!

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Are the hamstring issues due to not staying hydrated enough in the heat?

  4. Buc-em-up84 Says:

    I honestly think that there’s nothing to worry about with the hammy being that it’s mild and the fact that he’s been getting a lot of work already in OTAs already

  5. m0j0 Says:

    If he’s able to practice Thursday that will be a good sign. I have no problems taking the cautious approach though at this time of the year.

  6. August 1976 Buc Says:

    It is generally is never good to hear “hamstring and football player’s name ” together.

    Be wise Darden, Availability is your best Ability, you will be called upon to make big plays. GO BUCS!!!!!

  7. Hope springs eternal Says:

    Anyone who has played sports knows how difficult injuries to hamstrings, knees and Achilles can linger and become serious if not careful. Better safe than sorry while recovering from even relatively minor issues or they can become chronic. The Bucs have a lot of really experienced coaches that think long term and know whats best for their guys. Part of the reason the chemistry is so good on this team.

  8. Eddie Marz Says:

    Not good news, but The Bucs have plants of positive news also. Rest of team is ready to go.!👍