Bucs expect Price to return to action after 2011 NFL draft
Couple things about defensive tackle Brian Price being placed on injured reserve with a pelvic stress fracture.
Price, the second-round pick from UCLA, will require surgery to repair the injury, but the prognosis is that he will return to action following the 2011 NFL draft next April. But you know it's severe because often stress reactions are treated with rest.
Secondly, imagine the pain that Price played through during the first five games. He stil managed to record six tackles, one tackle for loss and three quarterback pressures, often going against double teams.
As a result of the pelvic injury, Price was limited by a hamstring strain for much of the off-season and training camp. The problem was that the injury prevented Price was practicing enough to build the kind of stamina he needed to be more effective.
Price was the first of two players the Bucs drafted in the second-round this year with the 35th overall pick, four spots ahead of receiver Arrelious Benn. So his rookie year essentially amounts to a redshirt year.