NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Saints


Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians confirmed that C A.Q. Shipley suffered a career-ending neck injury and tests revealed the lineman “shouldn’t play anymore.” 

“He had had what we thought was a stinger. He had had this injury back in 2013 I believe,” Arians said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “Once we did the MRI and X-rays, it was determined that he really shouldn’t play anymore.”

Arians said Shipley will now start his NFL coaching career. 

“He’ll be going on IR and starting his coaching career,” said Arians. “He aspires to be a coach, and I think he’s gonna be a great one, so we’ll get him started to make sure he likes this life.”

Arians said his conversation with Shipley about his career was “really hard.”  

“It’s really hard. It’s harder than releasing somebody or cutting somebody that’s a veteran that has finally hit the wall and doesn’t really know how to admit it. But to have an injury stop it so suddenly, it’s really hard on him, [and] it’s hard on me,” said Arians. “Still very, very lucky. He has all his mobility and can play with his kids for a long, long time.”



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