Report: Lavonte David Has Low Ankle Sprain

October 11th, 2021

Bucs ILB Lavonte David.

If this report is accurate, it is certainly very good news that initially appeared to be a horrible incident.

Yesterday Bucs star linebacker Lavonte David, the heart and soul of the defense, appeared to blow out a knee when he was undercut from behind in friendly fire by Ndamukong Suh.

After the game, Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians termed the injury a high ankle sprain. That injury, while much better than a blown ACL, often lands a guy on the shelf for weeks. Now NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport claims David had a low ankle sprain, which is much less severe.

Not surprisingly, David is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Eagles but after that, it is unknown per Rapoport.

News cannot get much better for David. The Bucs’ schedule is rather soft in the coming weeks.

Joe would be OK if David sat out an extra game or two. The Bucs should be OK without him given the level of opponents. Get David back when he is 100 percent and rested. An NFL old man like David can use the extra rest.

We should get more clarity on David’s status when Arians is scheduled to speak late this afternoon.

16 Responses to “Report: Lavonte David Has Low Ankle Sprain”

  1. Leighroy Says:

    Besides the obvious, can the armchair doctors of this site explain the difference between an apparently more serious high-ankle sprain and an implied less severe low-ankle sprain? I manage construction so it’s all just “ankles” to me!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Very good news and I suspect it is true……Rapoport is usually right…suspect he’ll be in action for the Bears.

  3. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I’m not an armchair doctor, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so I looked it up. A high ankle sprain involves a different set of ligaments versus a common ankle sprain. In a nutshell, it takes longer for those ligaments to heal.

  4. Robert Says:

    Great news. heal well LVD. heart sank when he went down…

  5. mark2001 Says:

    Leighroy…I looked it up. The high ankle sprain involves the ligaments above the ankle…on the inside of the knee…kind of like a tendon and MCL involvement. The low ankle sprain involves tendons and ligaments at below the ankle. 1-3 vs 4-6 weeks for most NFL players, so I’ve read.

    Beyond that, I’m certainly open to professional enlightenment.

  6. buxszntkt Says:

    geez , you guys make up your minds already ! last night it was a knee injury, then it was a high sprain, now a low sprain. I guess next it will be a lis franc, then a turf toe, then he will be all better.

  7. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Any idea when we might see bunting back? Saints game or after?

  8. rfdes Says:

    ‘News cannot get much better for David. The Bucs’ schedule is rather soft in the coming weeks.’

    This the type of attitude that will get your a&ss kicked. Let’s not talk in this manner. EVERY game is tough.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    bux…with the pain and swelling, and without an MRI showing more of the tissue damage, I think it would be difficult to tell. Frankly, unless you see a broken bone or a torn ligament or something, I’d think a definitive prognosis would be pretty tough within a 12 hour period or so.

  10. zzbuc Says:

    great news!!!

  11. PassingThru Says:

    I’ve had both low and high. Low ankle sprains are the more common garden-variety sprains most here have probably experienced. They’re a pain in the ass but they tend to heal fairly quickly, usually within two or three weeks with RICE rehab (google it if you have to).

    High ankle sprains are the freaking worst. They can take a year to recover, sometimes even longer. Much more restrictive on your movement as well. Michael Thomas had a high ankle sprain from Game 1 last season, when Sean Payton tried rubbing the Saints victory into the Buc faces. He missed lots of games and when he came back he was ineffective. It required surgery, which is something he delayed until the last minute during the preseason.

  12. Buc4evr Says:

    Great news!, any updates on Gronk?

  13. Bird Says:

    If low ankle sprain he will return much quicker

    High ankle takes more time
    Good news – if true

  14. Mike Says:

    LVD is one lucky SOB! That’s really good news for him and the Bucs!

  15. firethecannons Says:

    LVD had a left ankle sprain in 2017 when playing against the Vikings.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    He will probably not play against the Eagles. Bucs had better be ready. Eagles Defense is playing well. Could be a..Trap game?