Shaq Barrett feared to have suffered torn Achilles in Buccaneers’ loss to Ravens

The loss against the Ravens on Thursday night was the third straight loss for the Buccaneers. Shaq Barrett failed to pull up his team as a result they lost. Unfortunately, the loss was not the only horror of the night for the Bucs. The franchise is in high risk of losing their biggest weapon for the rest of the season.

An MRI performed on Pro Bowl outside linebacker Shaq Barrett confirmed Monday what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had feared: Barrett had suffered a torn Achilles tendon.

Coach Todd Bowles revealed on Friday that star pass rusher Shaq Barrett tore his Achilles on Thursday night, adding that Barrett will be on the list of injury reserve for the rest of the season. Reports predicted a recuperation period of seven to nine months.

Barrett endured an injury on Thursday night’s defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, and his availability for Sunday’s game was in doubt from the start.

Todd Bowles informed reporters after the match that “it doesn’t look good” about Barrett’s injury, so the Buccaneers were prepared for the worst. Bowles also added that Anthony Nelson will start at outside linebacker and Carl Nassib will rotate in.

The Buccaneers, who’ve already lost three games in a row, will be without their finest pass rusher for the rest of the season.

Barrett has been a Buccaneer since March of 2021 when he accepted a four-year, $72 million deal. Since joining Tampa Bay in 2019, he has been an integral part of their defensive front and has earned two Pro Bowl selections (the most recent coming after he produced 10 sacks in a single season). In the previous seven games, he totaled 27 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and five quarterback hits.


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