Just when it seemed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had found their pass rush, they lose a valuable member along the defensive line.
The Bucs announced the Monday that defensive end Adrian Clayborn needs season-ending knee surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.
When asked exactly what the injury is, head coach Greg Schiano implied that Clayborn may have torn multiple ligaments in his right knee.
"I don’t know exactly what it is," said Schiano at his press conference on Monday. "Some of those three-letter deals. Exactly what it is, I think it is – it may be more than one, I got to see. They’re not sure yet."
Clayborn, last season's sack leader, suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter after he got tangled out in a pile during a Gerald McCoy sack on quarterback Tony Romo. He was promptly carted off the field after the play.
With Clayborn now out for the season, the Bucs are without their two starting defensive ends from the end of last season. Second-year man Da'Quan Bowers is still out nursing an Achilles injury that he suffered several months ago during the offseason.
The Bucs now only have three ends on the active roster and may have to look at outside help to replace the loss of Clayborn, who was Tampa Bay's first round pick last year.
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