Buccaneers OLB Shaquil Barrett Has Sprained ACL/MCL, Out For Regular Season

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said OLB Shaquil Barrett has sprained both the ACL and MCL in his knee, per Rick Stroud

Shaq Barrett

Barrett will miss the remainder of the regular season but the Buccaneers are hopeful he’ll be able to make it back during the playoffs. 

It’s yet another hit for the Buccaneers, who have a host of key starters and stars who are missing, though several could return in the postseason. 

Tampa Bay did clinch a playoff berth with Sunday’s win over the Panthers, however, which gives them some cushion. 

Barrett, 29, signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State in 2014. He was waived coming out of the preseason and re-signed to Denver’s practice squad. 

After bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and active roster, Barrett landed on the active roster at the end of his rookie year. Barrett signed with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in 2019 to a one-year, $4 million deal and was franchised in 2020. 

Tampa Bay re-signed Barrett to a four-year, $72 million extension in 2021 that included $34.75 million guaranteed. He’s set to make base salaries of $16 million and $14.25 million the next two seasons. 

In 2021, Barrett has appeared in 15 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 51 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries, one interception and four pass deflections.

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