Early Diagnosis: Minor MCL Sprain For Shaq Barrett

December 26th, 2021


Bucs fans may breathe easier but it’s unclear how much to be hopeful.

Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians said after the game that it appears Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett suffered a minor MCL sprain. That’s the good news.

“Looks like a minor MCL,” Arians said on the Buccaneers Radio Network .after the game. “Hopefully nothing that he will miss any time.”

Now the worry: Tests obviously must be done. Last week the initial prognosis was Chris Godwin would be ready to come back as he only had an MCL injury. That turned out to be premature and inaccurate.

So Shaq will have to go in the tube for an MRI to find out the degree of his knee injury. Maybe we will find out results tomorrow.

Cross your fingers.

Joe has to wonder if Shaq being taken out of the game was just to shut down Shaq to avoid further injury? After getting hurt, Shaq returned to play in the third quarter. Would the Bucs’ medical staff have let him back on the field if it was a major injury?

27 Responses to “Early Diagnosis: Minor MCL Sprain For Shaq Barrett”

  1. Im not tired anymore we Super Bowl Champs!! Says:

    Fingers crossed he is ok. Go Bucs!

  2. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Not to freak anyone out, but didn’t CG14 make it back out on the field for a play or two last week after his injury?

  3. Bird Says:

    He came back in second half and after we scored they pulled him cause game out of reach. He will be fine 🤞

    Congrats on 10 sacks this year. !

  4. Bird Says:


    No godwin never got back in game

  5. geno711 Says:

    No Godwin did not make it back on the field.

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    This is terrifying.

  7. DBS Says:

    No he did not. He ran around on the sidelines but they never let Godwin back on the field.

  8. Swampbuc Says:

    The medical and conditioning staff might be on the Covid list.

  9. crazybucs_CL Says:

    It looked to me like he got hit from one of our owns, back on the calf!!!!!
    Don’t get it how that can be a MCL;
    But again, Gronk was OK until next day when half of his thoracic cage came out broken/cracked.

  10. Jerry Says:

    Bucs medical staff have been horrible on initial diagnosis all year. This is meaningless until you get the MRI results.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    At this point I’d play all the starters sparingly. Frankly I’d rather play a team like the Cardinals as a #4 seed than having to worry about the stupid Saints sneaking in as a #7 seed and having to play them in the first round. It would suck to lose a 2nd round home game, but I’d rather than then lose in the 1st round.

  12. Rob Says:

    Dr Arians should stick to delegating coaching duties. Bruce has no idea what Shaq’s injury may turn out to be. Go Bucs

  13. cmurda Says:

    @Rod. Whatever the result ends up, you can’t risk injury to guys that are banged up after securing a playoff spot. As evidenced by our own run last year, home field advantage can be over-hyped. Far more important are the men that are available.

  14. Jerry Says:

    So can’t beat the Saints at home but will beat the Packers or Rams on the road in round 2? Better hope someone knocks out the Rams. That would be a disaster game. We match up horribly against that team.

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    I promise to God that I’ve never been one of these fans on one of these teams that will cry about penalties and injuries, but what is the answer for this ridiculously huge penalty list of extremely good players throughout the year. Opposite of last year. Lost.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    *ridiculously huge injury list

    Kicked some back for the division win possibility, but the penalties have been ridiculous, also.

  17. cmurda Says:

    @Jerry. Did you happen to catch last year’s playoff run?

  18. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Rodgers has been in the NFC Championship game the last 3 years, I believe. His record? 0-3. Rodgers is a tremendous player, but he is the ultimate frontrunner. Get in his head a little bit and he is done.
    Stafford has never done a damn thing and has little to no playoff experience.
    If we can get some of the offensive guys healthy and the defense continues to play like this, I like our chances.

  19. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Let’s hope it’s an accurate report and not like what they said about Godwin…we need Shaq

  20. Bojim Says:

    Sit him next week please.

  21. Jerry Says:

    Cmurda, last year was very different. Empty stadiums.

    And I doubt the Packers let us out of Lambeau with a win 2 years in a row. They will go all out. And that game in LA was terrible in week 3. Outmatched, outplayed, outcoached and racked up injuries. There are certain coaches that have our number. McVay is one of them.

  22. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Jerry the packers are not unbeatable. You know how many close games they have played this year? They have been lucky . The Bucs can beat them.

  23. geno711 Says:

    Jerry Says:
    December 26th, 2021 at 5:11 pm
    So can’t beat the Saints at home but will beat the Packers or Rams on the road in round 2? Better hope someone knocks out the Rams. That would be a disaster game. We match up horribly against that team.

    Our matchups against the Saints have been worse than our matchups against the Rams. Is that even a debate to you?

  24. Jerry Says:

    In the playoffs, I fear the Rams in LA a whole lot more than I do the Saints at home. Stafford is the type of QB that can pick this defense apart. We don’t contain Kupp very well at all. And now they got OBJ starting to come on. Their DL also has the ability to severely disrupt our backfield the same way the Saints do. It’s been shown Brady struggles when facing that kind of pressure.

    If we have to play that team in LA, we are going to need luck and some calls to go our way to win.

  25. SlyPirate Says:

    Cam Gill … time to show out.

  26. BucThis Says:

    Our defence is playing awesome with our secondary finally getting healthy. Our offence changes in the playoffs with Brady shifting gears. Some of these backups getting late season game reps with Brady the next couple of weeks, may payoff for us in the playoffs, like Miller last year. If we get Evans, David, Fournette, and Shaq back for the playoffs, I’ll take this team against any of the NFC favorites.

    Lets Go Bucs!!

  27. David Says:

    They absolutely cannot afford to lose him heading into the playoffs because JPP has been below average at best.
    Hopefully a couple weeks off going into the playoffs will enable JPP to step up a little but I have a feeling that won’t happen until after surgery on his rotator cuff.

    So basically, without JPP, they can’t lose Shaq as well. Absolutely no way.