The season may not be over just yet for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Jackson’s knee injury is not definitely a torn ACL. Although the Bucs placed him on IR, if it ends up being an MCL injury he could return if Tampa Bay is in playoff contention.
In previous years, the Bucs would not have the ability to bring Jackson back now that he is on IR. There was a change this offseason that now allows teams to bring back one player each year from injured reserve after eight weeks. If Werder’s report ends up being true, Jackson would be an obvious candidate for it.
Although the receiver did not comment on when he hoped to return to the field, he was adamant that he would be focused on rehabbing and supporting the team in any way possible.
“This is obviously very disappointing for me personally,’’ Jackson said in a statement released by the Buccaneers. “I had high hopes for this season because I know what we are capable of accomplishing as a team.
“While I may not be on the field for the foreseeable future, I will be focused on beginning my rehab as soon as possible and finding ways to support my teammates in whatever way I can.”
If things go perfect for Jackson and the Bucs, he still would not be able to return until Week 15. So the team will inevitably be forced to play without him.
At this point in the season though Jackson has only 15 receptions for 173 yards, so his production should not be that hard to replace.