Bucs' Shorts done for year, says hit on knee 'wasn't dirty'
Bucs receiver Cecil Shorts, who suffered a major and season-ending injury to his right knee in Sunday's win at San Diego, posted a video Monday, thanking fans for their support and making it clear the hit he was injured on "definitely wasn't dirty."
Shorts hurt his knee on the Bucs' third play Sunday and tore all three major ligaments in his knee while dislocating it, a longterm injury for the 28-year-old, in his first year with the Bucs.
"I just wanted to say thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our family in this tough time," Shorts said in the video from his hospital bed in California. "It's going to be a tough journey, but something we definitely can get through. We want to thank you all for your prayers, your thoughts, your tweets, your Instagram posts, whatever the case may be. One thing we know as a family is Phillippians 4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.' So there's no doubt in my mind, with the Lord in us, with the Christ in us, we can get through this. Yesterday, you know how the game is, honestly, it's a cut-throat game. We love the game, but the game doesn't love you back. That play yesterday definitely wasn't dirty. I talked to the guy and he definitely showed love and I showed love back to him. Just thank you for your thoughts and prayers."
Chargers safety Jahleel Addae, a Riverview grad who tied for the team lead Sunday with 10 total tackles, went low on his tackle and caught Shorts' knee as his leg was planted. Shorts will be placed on injured reserve, allowing the Bucs to sign another player to replace him on the roster.