LB Quincy Black’s season ends on IR with neck injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Quincy Black’s season ended on Tuesday after being placed on the Injured Reserve with a neck injury.
Quincy Black made a scary helmet-to-helmet collision while tackling San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews to prevent a 1-yard loss in the third quarter of Sunday’s 34-24 victory for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 28-year-old Quincy Black immediately collapsed to the field and remained motionless as team doctors attended to him. Ten minutes later, Quincy Black was carted off the field, secured to the stretcher and with his head completely immobilized.
Subsequently, Quincy Black was taken to a local hospital for observation of a potential spinal cord injury, and he was discharged later on Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano stated on Monday that fortunately Quincy Black didn’t sustain any spinal cord injury, but was still experiencing problems with his left arm.
“Now, it's a serious injury. And he's having some complications with his left arm,” said Greg Schiano. “So there's still further tests he has to go through before we can make a definitive statement…How much time that means, we're going to have to see."
But otherwise, Greg Schiano insisted that Quincy Black was “going to be OK.” Quincy Black still maintains basic use of his left arm but doctors fear a possible nerve injury.
"He's flexing (the arm) and moving it but they don't know how much damage there is, they don't know what it is yet,” said Quincy Black’s agent Marc Lillibridge on Tuesday. “Knowing Quincy, he'd suck it up and play next week if they would let him.''
The doctors treated Quincy Black with anti-inflammatory medicine for the arm and are waiting for the swelling to subside before conducting further test to determine his condition by the end of this week.
“As far as the time frame,” said Marx Lillibrige, “he'll get a second MRI sometime this week and get some more drugs and help him heal up.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ former third-round pick out of New Mexico Quincy Black has started strongside linebacker for the team over the past four seasons. The sixth-year Pro Quincy Black played all nine games this season, starting five of them on his way to 32 tackles (three for a loss) and a lone fumble recovery.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers Dekoda Watson and Adam Hayward could replace Quincy Black to play alongside second-year middle linebacker Mason Foster and rookie Lavonte David.
"Quincy is upset, he's never been on IR before, so that's always tough… I talked to him earlier and he was of course bummed,” stated Marc Lillibridge, “but at the same time, he knows it's probably best to err on the side of caution.”
In other moves, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive end Ernest Owusu and wide receiver Borel to the practice squad while announcing the release of wide receiver Dale Moss and tight end LaMark Brown.