Conte is expected to require six weeks to recover from a torn PCL in his knee, which he sustained during Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Schefter relays that Conte probably shouldn't have played in the contest, but the safety "gutted it out" for the team before bowing out after playing 11 snaps. The Buccaneers placed Conte on injured reserve Tuesday, which will keep him out of action for a minimum of eight weeks. Assuming Schefter's timeline is accurate, Conte should return to full health by the second half of the season and merit consideration for an activation from IR.
The Buccaneers placed Conte (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.
The roster move comes one day after Conte exited the first half of Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers with the knee injury. Adding insult to the injury, Conte was on the receiving end of a devastating stiff-arm from Pittsburgh tight end Vance McDonald, who sent the safety tumbling to the ground during his 75-yard catch-and-run for the game's first score. The loss of Conte, who had started the Buccaneers' first three games and accrued 14 tackles, leaves the team with only two healthy safeties in Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead, who should both be slated for heavy snaps in Week 4 against the Bears. Conte, meanwhile, will miss the next two months after landing on IR, though head coach Dirk Koetter said the 29-year-old could be one of the two players the Buccaneers activate in the second half of the season, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Conte has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Steelers after sustaining a knee injury.
The severity of Conte's knee injury remains to be seen. With the options behind Conte somewhat limited, the Bucs may be inclined to go with Jordan Whitehead at free safety for the time being. If Conte is to be sidelined for an extended period of time, there's a chance the team will look to bring in an additional safety.
Conte (knee) is active for Monday night's game against the Steelers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Conte was listed as questionable heading into Week 3's matchup with Pittsburgh, but after successfully completing a full practice on Saturday, he'll be out there as the team's starting free safety. The 29-year-old has 14 tackles on the season.
Conte (knee) was a full participant in practice Saturday but is questionable for Monday's game against the Steelers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Conte suffered a knee injury in the Week 2 win over the Eagles and was limited in practice early this week as a result. Although he is still questionable, his full participation in practice Saturday is a reassuring sign. Look for a final decision to be made just before kickoff Monday night. If he is ruled out, Justin Evans will likely see an increased defensive role.
Conte is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against the Eagles due to a knee injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
As long as Conte remains sidelined, the Buccaneers' will remain without their starting free safety. Second-year player Justin Evans stands to receive an increased defensive role if Conte is unable to return. The severity of the veteran's injury remains undisclosed, so expect an update on Conte's status after the conclusion of Sunday's game.
Conte tallied seven tackles (five solo) during the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints in Week 1.
The veteran safety drew even with Vernon Hargreaves (shoulder) for second on the team in tackles behind the prolific linebacker duo of Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander. Conte is expected to once again play a key coverage role this season while also providing valuable support against the run from the secondary. The 29-year-old particularly did a good job in the latter function last season, compiling 77 stops and forcing three fumbles over 16 games.
Conte intercepted a pass intended for DeSean Jackson in Thursday's "mock game" and recorded a pick during Wednesday's practice as well, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The veteran safety saw his team option exercised after the 2017 season, despite the secondary's overall struggles. He's opened camp in good form, and he still slots in as the starting strong safety as preseason approaches. However, Justin Evans (ankle), a 2017 second-round pick who posted 66 tackles, six passes defensed and three interceptions in his rookie year, figures to push Conte throughout the remainder of the summer.
The Buccaneers exercised their team option for 2018 on Conte's contract Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Conte started 14 of 16 games during the 2017 season but was also one of the main culprits in Tampa Bay having allowed the fourth-most yards per pass attempt. With 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans on the rise coupled with the non-zero chance Tampa Bay adds more talent to its stable of safeties this offseason, Conte could be in store for a decreased role in 2018.
Conte totaled 77 tackles (62 solo), three forced fumbles, one interception and eight passes defensed over 16 games in the 2017 season.
The veteran safety's tackle total was the third-highest of his career, while the trio of forced fumbles was a personal best. Conte extended a career-long streak of notching at least one interception a season to seven campaigns as well, but he was also a pivotal part of a Buccaneers secondary that surrendered the most total passing yards (4,169) and yards per game (261) in 2017. On the books for a reasonable $2.25 million in 2018, Conte is a likely candidate to return, although the emergence of 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans and the likelihood that the team looks to upgrade the position overall in both free agency and the draft could certainly leave Conte with an uphill battle for playing time.
Conte posted nine tackles (eight solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Panthers.
The veteran safety enjoyed a productive outing from an IDP standpoint for the third consecutive week, with his tackle total equaling a season high. Conte has posted between six and nine stops in his last three contests, his best multigame stretch of the campaign. His hold on the starting strong safety job makes him an appealing fantasy option in Week 17 against a Saints team that places a lot more emphasis on the run than in previous seasons.
Conte forced his third fumble of the season in Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons.
Conte also recorded seven tackles (five solo) and a season-high two passes defended in the contest. He saw 56 defensive snaps (79.0 percent), which was the fifth highest on the team. With Justin Evans (ankle) and T.J. Ward (concussion) both dealing with injuries heading into Week 16, Conte could continue seeing a healthy workload.
Conte posted nine tackles (eight solo) and recorded his first interception of 2017 in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Panthers.
Conte was highly active on an afternoon when the Panthers logged 31 total rushes. In addition generating a season-high tackle total, the veteran safety also snagged his first interception of the campaign when he picked off a Cam Newton pass intended for Ed Dickson at the Buccaneers' 48-yard line on the opening possession of the second half. Conte is on pace for what would be a career-best 91 tackles, but he's also part of a secondary that's allowing an NFC-high 274.7 passing yards per game.
Conte totaled seven tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.
Conte got his season off to a prolific start tackle-wise after racking up 69 stops in 2016. The veteran safety is projected to see plenty of opportunities to compile some solid IDP numbers again in the coming season while attempting to hold off the likes of rookie Justin Evans and fellow vet J.J. Wilcox for a starting role.
Conte has logged eight tackles (five solo) over the Bucs' first three preseason games.
The projected starting strong safety has enjoyed a productive exhibition slate, and, after logging 45 snaps in last Saturday's loss to Cleveland, it's likely he'll take a seat for Thursday's preseason finale versus the Redskins. Conte returned to the Bucs on a two-year, $5 million contract this past offseason after posting 148 tackles (118 solo) over 28 contests in his first two campaigns in Tampa. Despite the fact that the team also brought in J.J. Wilcox in free agency -- a fifth-year pro who has plenty of starting experience from his time with the Cowboys -- Conte has been able to hold off his challenge thus far, with his one year of experience in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme giving him a leg up in the competition.
Conte signed a two-year, $5 million contract with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Conte has been the Buccaneers' starting safety for the past two seasons, and he likely will be once again in 2017. He had 69 tackles and five passes defensed, including two interceptions and one touchdown while playing in 14 games in 2016.
Conte, who posted 69 tackles and two interceptions in 2016, is a potential candidate to re-sign with the Bucs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Bucs have expressed an interest in having the unrestricted free agent return, but they may wait to see what plays out with their attempts to bring fellow safety Bradley McDougald back to the fold first. Conte notched the first pick-six of his career last season and has been reasonably effective against both the run and pass through his two-year Tampa tenure. He's racked up a combined 148 stops (118 solo), 11 passes defensed, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over 28 games.
Conte finished the 2016 season with 69 tackles (59 solo), including one for loss, two interceptions (including one pick-six), five passes defensed overall and one fumble recovery over 14 games.
The veteran safety enjoyed another statistically successful season in 2016, posting the third-highest tackle total of his career, equaling his second-highest number of interceptions, and tallying his first pick-six, which came against his old Bears teammates. Conte also tallied at least seven tackles in six of the 14 games in which he was active, including a season-high 11 against the Falcons in Week 1. A chest injury did cost Conte two games, but he otherwise made a strong case for either returning to the Bucs or latching on with a safety-needy team as he heads into unrestricted free agency this offseason. With last season's starting strong safety Bradley McDougald also without a 2017 contract, the Bucs may look to retain at least one of last season's starting safeties.
Conte (chest) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Conte was listed as questionable but was likely to play. He'll start alongside Bradley McDougald at safety.
Conte (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Conte practiced in full all week after missing the team's past two games. He's on the probable side of questionable and will likely play come Sunday.