Quincy Black may be done with the Bucs
INDIANAPOLIS -- Quincy Black’s career with the Bucs may end soon.
The Bucs linebacker, who lost some movement and strength in his left arm following a tackle against Chargers running back Ryan Matthews last Nov. 11, had nerve graft surgery at the end of January and will need several months to determine whether it was successful.
Black is scheduled to earn $5.5 million in base salary for 2014. If he is unable to play next season, he is eligible for injury protection worth as much as $1-million. An additional $500,000 in injury protection would be made available to Black if the nerve damage is career-ending.
“This is a unique surgery and it’s going to take time to figure out if it was successful,’’ general manager Mark Dominik. “So you generally like to walk out of any surgery and say that was a successful surgery. But the reality is, that because of the nerve damage and the nerve grafting and everything, you won’t know if it’s successful or not for several months. It’s a tough injury and a unique injury and at the same point it’s hard for us to have any timetable or feel for it.’’
Black, 28, was a third round pick from New Mexico for the Bucs in 2007. He’s played in 81 games with 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Since it is unlikely Black will return to the Bucs next season, they will need a new strong side linebacker. Veteran Adam Hayward filled in for Black the final seven games of the season.
“Yeah, I mean, we have some guys that are on the roster that would have an opportunity to maybe play for that,’’ Dominik said. “Obviously Adam Hayward filled in for the rest of the season. Jacob Cutrera. Najee Goode could go out to the Sam (strong side linebacker). Ideally he’s a Mike (middle linebacker).’’