Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson missed most of the team’s 24-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday after leaving in the first half with a knee injury. It turns out his season could be over, as he suffered an MCL sprain and will miss several games, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. With just three games left, it stands to reason Jackson’s season is done if the 6-7 Bucs don’t rally and make the playoffs. If they do grab one of the NFC’s two wild-card spots, the three-time Pro Bowler could return, Rapoport notes.
Jackson, an 11th-year man, entered 2015 coming off three straight seasons of 70-plus catches and four in a row of 1,000-plus yards. He wasn’t as productive this season, however. Prior to leaving the Saints game, the 32-year-old added a single catch for 5 yards, giving him 33 receptions for 543 yards in parts of 10 contests. He’s currently third on the Bucs in receptions (33), second in yardage (543), first in YPC (16.5) and tied for first in touchdowns (three).