Shoulder surgery knocks LB Geno Hayes out until June minicamp
Linebacker Geno Hayes had surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and will miss four months.
He is expected to return in time for the mandatory minicamp in late June 21-23, according to general manager Mark Dominik, Hayes was injured in the final regular-season game against the Atlanta Falcons.
"Geno did have surgery on his shoulder,'' Dominik said. "He'll be able to participate in the minicamp and that sort of thing. It's certainly something we decided as an organization and he decided after meeting our doctors and went ahead and said it was the right time. We tried to make sure we did the surgery early enough so he would be able to participate in as much as he can going forward.''
Hayes' injury could have a negative impact on the Bucs' off-season workouts. Linebacker Barrett Ruud did not participate last off-season because the team did not sign him to an extension. Now he is among more than 200 players who would have been unrestricted free agents but now will be restricted if 2010 is an uncapped year as anticipated.
Dominik said the Bucs have moved all 14 of their Organized Team Activities to after the NFL draft, in part so most of their rookies can participate in as many of those practices as possible.