Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive lineman Calijah Kancey went down Sunday with a calf injury during the team’s practice. Kancey’s injury was reported as a calf strain, the severity of which was not known pending an MRI.
On Monday, Kancey had his MRI and as reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the MRI revealed no serious damage.
“Bucs first round pick Calijah Kancey underwent an MRI on his calf and it showed nothing serious. The Bucs may hold him out for awhile to get him ready for the regular season.”
ESPN’s Jenna Laine later reported Kancey would miss “a few weeks.” There’s obviously relief the injury is not serious, but for a rookie to miss time AND have to work their way back from an injury is never good.
Kancey was the 19th overall pick for the Buccaneers in the 2023 NFL draft. He’s the first University of Pittsburgh unanimous All-America selection since Aaron Donald.