Ed Werder of ESPN reports that WR Vincent Jackson‘s knee injury is not “definitively” a torn ACL and adds that he could possibly return off the injured reserve later in the season if it turns out to be an MCL injury.
The Tampa Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they’ve placed veteran WR Vincent Jackson on injured reserve with a torn left ACL.
Here’s a statement from Jackson:
“This is obviously very disappointing for me personally. I had high hopes for this season because I know what we are capable of accomplishing as a team. My top priority going into every season is being out there with my teammates and helping my team any way possible. While I may not be on the field for the foreseeable future, I will be focused on beginning my rehab as soon as possible and finding ways to support my teammates in whatever way I can.”
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter said of Jackson’s injury:
“Any time you lose a player and team leader of Vincent’s caliber, it is a setback for your team. Vincent is a very tough-minded player and a great competitor. Even though he doesn’t recall when he injured his knee, he was still out there the entire game and made two crucial catches on our final drive to set up the game-winning field goal. I know that being placed on injured reserve is difficult for him, but I also know he will maintain a strong presence in our locker room and will help our younger guys prepare and develop because that’s the type of team-first leader he is.”
Jackson, 33, is in the final year of his five-year, $55,555,555 contract that included $26 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $9,777,778 for the 2016 season before testing the open market next year.
In 2016, Jackson appeared in five games for the Buccaneers and recorded 15 receptions for 173 yards receiving and no touchdowns.