Black has full function after neck injury, but complications with left arm
Bucs linebacker Quincy Black suffered a 'serious injury' and complications with his left arm following a helmet-to-helmet hit with Chargers running back Ryan Matthews in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium.
Coach Greg Schiano said Monday Black has 'full function,' but further tests will be needed to determine his immediate future with the team. Black, 28, dropped to the turf where he remained for several minutes following a collision with Matthews that resulted in a two-yard loss. But Black gave a thumbs up while being carted off the field by paramedics and was released from St. Joseph's Hospital following evaluation Sunday night.
"Overall, he's going to be okay,'' Schiano said Monday. "Now, it's a serious injury and he's having some complications with his left arm, so there's still further tests he has to go through before we can make a definitive statement. But it's serious and how much time that means? We're going to have to see. As soon as we know, we'll let you know. But obviously, it's not good.''
Schiano was in a similar situation as a head coach at Rutgers that didn't end as favorably. In 2010, Scarlet Knights defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed following a tackle on special teams in a game against Army.
"The good part of it, having been down this road when you start down it, it's scary, is that other than the left arm, he's got full function and we'll just kind of work through this now,'' Schiano said.
"The spine is fine. That stuff. It's just nerves and things coming off. I don't want to say too much because I'm not even exactly sure because I'd hate to misspeak. But I do know that it needs some further tests to get right to the bottom of it and there's some really smart, good doctors that are working on it right now for Quincy which makes me feel good that we're going to get him the best care and get the best solution and get him back to being well.''
Schiano said Black is out for Sunday's game at Carolina and indicated it could be a long-term injury. He said it's too early to know whether the neck injury would impact Black's NFL career.
"I hope not, I don't know enough yet,'' Schiano said. "That would be speculating. I think right now we have to do these further tests to find out exactly what it is.''
Schiano said Black was in good spirits when he visited him at the hospital Sunday night.
"He'd just been through a lot of tests, but he was okay. He's a grown man, a mature guy and he knows there's something -- it's not a little thing -- but I think he'll be fine.
Schiano said because of his experience with LeGrand's injury at Rutgers, he was relieved Sunday when he saw Black move his hand.
"Because of what I've been through with Eric, I was a little relieved because I saw him move his right hand,'' Schiano said. "That was later when he gave the thumbs up, but I saw him move it on the field. Because intially, when I saw him still, I was very worried...totally different situation. He was fine, looked me in the eye, talked, speaking, totally different than when that happened before.''