The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be without their rookie standout linebacker Kendell Beckwith. As a result from a car accident where he suffered a broken ankle, and forced him to sit out the entire season. Now the Buccaneers fear that this off-field injury could end his career as reported by Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report.
“The Bucs are waiting for an update on linebacker Kendell Beckwith’s health, and will be receiving that next month. The team is bracing for bad news, which would be that Beckwith’s injury was career-threatening. The guess here is that Beckwith’s career is over and that the Bucs sign a linebacker or two – likely Kevin Minter – in free agency, and then draft another one.”
This would be unfortunate news if in fact his ankle injury is career ending after Beckwith became a dependable starter for the Bucs in 2017 as a rookie. Where he broke out for 73 combined tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble.
His ability to play any linebacker position made his extremely valuable. In an off-season where they could lose Kwon Alexander, Beckwith would have filled in his spot nicely. If the Bucs worst fears do come true, they may look into the draft or free agency to replace Beckwith.