Bucs Lose 2 Linebackers For the Season, But Not All Is Lost


Both Kwon Alexander and rookie Jack Cichy have suffered season-ending ACL tears.
During the first half of the Browns game, veteran LB Kwon Alexander was not only playing lights out, but he was also showcasing why he deserved a fair paycheck. However, that was brought to an abrupt end.

During the last play of the first half, Kwon Alexander was injured trying to sack Browns QB, Baker Mayfield. Fear rose in the hearts of his teammates and fans that he may have suffered an ACL tear, which was later confirmed, Monday morning, via MRI.

Later in the second half, rookie linebacker Jack Cichy too suffered a season-ending ACL tear which was also confirmed Monday via MRI.

Now it will be time for linebacker Adairus Taylor, to step up and shine. Following the injury to Kwon Alexander, Adarius Taylor did, in fact, step up and play well. Taylor recorded his first sack of the season and also recorded 7 tackles, one, which was for a loss.

LB Kendell Beckwith had been placed on the Non-Football Injury List earlier this season, due to an ankle injury sustained during an offseason car accident. The ankle injury requiring surgery had kept Beckwith from being eligible to play until after week 6. Despite being eligible to play, Beckwith has yet to return to practice, although that could change on Tuesday. Beckwith has recently reassured everyone that his recovery is cruising along and he will be back before anyone knows it.

Despite the lack of depth at the linebacker position, I would not be too worried about the situation as Adarius Taylor is a capable linebacker and the Buccaneers also re-signed a healthy Devante Bond and LB Riley Bullough. Tampa should be in great shape as far as linebackers are concerned. Considering, in my opinion, they have the best linebacker corps in the league.