Well, he may be right but it was definitely season-ending because the team placed their starting strongside linebacker on injured reserve Tuesday.
Black was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers when he tackled running back Ryan Mathews in the backfield for a 2-yard loss. Black and Mathews collided helmet-to-helmet and Black laid motionless on the field for several minutes before being carted off. Black gave a "thumbs up" to his teammates and fans on his way off the field.
"Quincy (Black) overall he is going to be okay," Schiano said. "Now it is a serious injury and he is having some complications with his left arm. So there are still further tests he has to go to before we can make a definitive statement. It is serious and how much time that means we are going to have to see. As soon as we know we will let you know, but obviously that is not good. The good part of it having been down this road you know when you start down it is scary is that other than the left arm he has got full function. We will just kind of work through this now."
Black was Tampa Bay's third-round selection in 2007. This season, Black played in all nine games and amassed 32 tackles, including three for a loss, and one fumble recovery.
For his career, Black has 299 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and 13 passes defensed. Black also has 62 tackles on special teams.
Adam Hayward, who replaced Black in the lineup on Sunday, and Dekoda Watson are the two likely candidates to replace him moving forward.
As Buccaneers101.com wrote about on Monday, it will be interesting to see if Black has played his last game in Tampa Bay. He will be entering the third season of a 5-year deal he signed back prior to the 2011 season. The Bucs no longer owe him any guaranteed money and he is scheduled to make $5.5 million per season over the next three years.
Nevertheless, we wish Black well and hope he makes a speedy recovery.
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