Linebacker Kendell Beckwith will not be able to play this season, coach Dirk Koetter announced (Twitter link via Greg Auman of The Athletic). Beckwith suffered a broken ankle in a car accident in the spring and he did not recover as quickly as the team hoped.
The former LSU star could have provided depth in the wake of injuries to Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, but they’ll have to get by without him. This week, the Bucs will be forced to move him from the non-football injury (NFI) list to another reserve list.
Last year, the Bucs used Beckwith at all three linebacker spots as he appeared in all 16 games with eleven starts. The 23-year-old had 73 total tackles on the year, including a 14-tackle game against the Patriots in the first month of the season. Beckwith wasn’t originally ticketed for a starting role, but he wound up playing on 847 snaps as a rookie after being selected in the third round of the draft.
With David out for the year, the Bucs are moving forward with Devante Bond, Adarius Taylor, and David as their starters. But, if David continues to miss time, Riley Bullough will run with the first-string unit.
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