Vincent Jackson played through ACL injury, placed on IR

Vincent Jackson has been shut down due to a knee injury he almost didn't notice.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that the veteran wide receiver had been placed on injured reserve.

"This is obviously very disappointing for me personally," said Jackson, via "I had high hopes for this season because I know what we are capable of accomplishing as a team. My top priority going into every season is being out there with my teammates and helping my team any way possible. While I may not be on the field for the foreseeable future, I will be focused on beginning my rehab as soon as possible and finding ways to support my teammates in whatever way I can."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jackson played through an ACL injury in the team's 17-14 win over the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 5.

Per Rapoport, Jackson did not receive any medical attention during the game and did not realize something was wrong with his knee until later. He finished the game with three catches for 36 yards.

Jackson, 33, missed six games last season due to knee injuries and was limited to 543 yards and three touchdowns on 33 receptions (his lowest totals for a season in which he started at least nine games). He wasn't rebounding well this season with only 15 grabs for 173 yards and no touchdowns through five games.

This is an unfortunate development for Jackson, who is in the final year of his contract and is unlikely to garner a lot of interest on the open market next spring.

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