TAMPA — Two days after suffering a serious neck injury that left him with possible nerve damage to his left arm, Bucs linebacker Quincy Black was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season.
Black, 28, was carted off the field Sunday after tackling Chargers running back Ryan Mathews in the third quarter of the Bucs' 34-24 victory.
He was released from St. Joseph's Hospital on Sunday night after evaluation.
Coach Greg Schiano said Monday that Black had no spinal cord damage and has "full function," but is experiencing some complications with his left arm. Doctors are treating him with anti-inflammatory medicine and are expected to re-evaluate his condition this week.
Black has use of his left arm but doctors believe there could be some nerve damage and are waiting for the swelling to go down before ordering further tests, agent Marc Lillibridge said.
"Quincy is upset, he's never been on IR before, so that's always tough," Lillibridge said Tuesday. "As far as the time frame, he'll get a second MRI sometime this week and get some more drugs and help him heal up. I talked to him earlier and he was of course bummed, but at the same time, he knows it's probably best to err on the side of caution.
"He's flexing (the arm) and moving it but they don't know how much damage there is, they don't know what it is yet. … Knowing Quincy, he'd suck it up and play next week if they would let him."
Schiano was relieved that Black walked out of the hospital but did not sound hopeful of his return to the team.
"The spine is fine," Schiano said Monday. "It's the nerves and things coming off that. Overall, it's a serious injury."
A third-round pick in 2007, Black played all nine games this season, starting five. He had 32 tackles, three for a loss. He also contributed three special teams tackles and a fumble recovery.
Black is the fourth Bucs starter on injured reserve, joining Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks and defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
The Bucs have some depth at linebacker. Adam Hayward replaced Black against the Chargers and had two tackles. Dekoda Watson is listed as Black's strongside backup.
Also Tuesday, the Bucs also signed defensive end Ernest Owusu and wide receiver Diondre Borel to their practice squad and released tight end LaMark Brown and receiver Dale Moss.