Shorts (knee) indicated Wednesday that he underwent his third surgery in seven months.
Shorts tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, to go along with dislocating his kneecap in December. The devastating injury has put the rest of his career in question, as he could feasibly be sidelined through 2018. Not only would Shorts need to recover in full, but also regain the necessary acceleration needed to separate from younger defenders. He was already showing signs of decline, so he figures to face an uphill battle going forward.
Shorts (knee) faces an 18-to-24 month recovery and might not return to the NFL, Joe Scalzo of the Columbus Monthly reports.
Shorts suffered a devastating right knee injury in early December that included a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL, not to mention a dislocated kneecap. The short end of his recovery timeline would put him on schedule to be ready for training camp ahead of the 2018 campaign while the latter end would rule him out for that season entirely. Either way, in order to play again, the diminutive receiver will not only have to recover in full but also regain the necessary burst to separate from opposing defenders. A return from a catastrophe like this would be a gruesome task for any player, but for a 29-year-old veteran whose already shown signs of decline, it seems nearly impossible.
Shorts finished the 2016 season with 11 receptions (27 targets) for 152 yards and no scores over nine games. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards.
The sixth-year pro arrived in Tampa five days prior to the season opener after a surprise release by the Texans, and it could well prove to be the final stop of his career. Shorts suffered a catastrophic knee injury in Week 13 versus the Chargers, one that saw him tear the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee. Going on 30 years of age, the Mt. Union product is thus likely to encounter significant difficulty in regaining both the necessary explosion and requisite interest from teams that would enable him to once again acquire gainful employment in the league. Shorts also had trouble achieving separation on a consistent basis when he was healthy in 2016, as he notably went without a reception in three of the nine contests he was active for, and tallied just one catch in four others. A veteran with a solid track record, Shorts was thought to have a realistic chance of vaulting Adam Humphries for the slot receiver role when he was first signed, but then actually was handed the reins of the No. 2 job once Vincent Jackson (knee) was lost to injury. Having failed to make a significant impact in that role and now also facing an extensive rehabilitation, he doesn't figure to be on the NFL radar in 2017 at a minimum.
The Buccaneers placed Shorts (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The move was expected after Shorts dislocated and tore the ACL, MCL, and PCL in his right knee Sunday at San Diego. With his season over, he finishes with 11 catches (on 27 targets) for 152 yards. In order to replenish the receiving corps, the Buccaneers have promoted Josh Huff from the practice squad.
Shorts, who is slated to miss the remainder of this season, tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, and dislocated his right knee during Sunday's game against the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Shorts' knee injury is as bad as it gets and will understandably prevent him from playing again this season. At 28 years old, Shorts unfortunately now faces a long road to recovery as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He finishes 2016 with 11 catches for 152 yards, and his absence figures to offer Adam Humphries (concussion), Russell Shepard, and Freddie Martino more looks going forward.
Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday's game against the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Shorts is believed to have done extensive damage to his right knee Sunday, and although exactly what injuries he incurred are not known yet, the veteran's season has already been deemed over. With Shorts sidelined going forward, Russell Shepard and Freddie Martino could see more work opposite Mike Evans, with Adam Humphries (concussion) a candidate to receive even more targets from his slot position when healthy.
The Buccaneers believe Shorts may have suffered a major right knee injury in Sunday's victory over the Chargers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The full extent of the injury that forced Shorts from Sunday's game has not been confirmed, but the Buccaneers believe he may have torn all the ligaments in his knee and also dislocated it. Official word on Shorts' diagnosis should be provided shortly, but it appears he is dealing with a type of injury that will cut short his campaign. That would open up snaps for fellow receiver Adam Humphries (concussion) if healthy, as well as Russell Shepard and Freddie Martino.
Smith won't return to Sunday's game at San Diego due to a knee injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
After taking a hit to the knee on Tampa Bay's first possession of the contest, Shorts required the service of a cart in order to leave the field, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Upcoming evaluations will determine the severity of the injury, but considering he couldn't leave the field under his own power or with the help of trainers, he may indeed have a serious issue. Once a diagnosis is known, his recovery effort will come into focus.
Shorts caught one of his three targets for six yards in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks.
After an uptick in production in three successive games, Shorts regressed in a matchup against the Seahawks' stingy secondary. Mike Evans was the focal point of the air attack in the first quarter with two touchdown receptions, and the Bucs primarily rode a ferocious defensive effort that thoroughly stymied Russell Wilson and company for the balance of the game. The veteran wideout remains the No. 2 receiver, but his production is clearly going to fluctuate week-to-week in an offense where Evans receives an inordinate amount of the targets.
Shorts brought in five of seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chiefs.
Shorts looks to finally be settled in with his No. 2 receiver role, having tallied seven catches overall in the last two games and setting season-high marks in receptions, yards, and targets Sunday. In fact, Shorts has now seen his numbers in all three of those categories increase in each of the last three games, an encouraging development for his fantasy prospects. He'll look to continue upping his contributions when the Bucs face off with the Seahawks in Week 12.
Shorts gathered in two of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bears.
Shorts continues to crawl out of his personal hole that saw him record just one catch over the first four games in which he was active. He now has three receptions over the last two games for 58 yards, although he's been far from efficient, as he's needed nine targets to secure that tally. However, there's room for plenty of growth production-wise for Shorts, given that the Bucs' wide receiver depth chart remains considerably thin beyond Mike Evans.
Shorts hauled in one of four targets for 20 yards in Thursday's 43-28 loss to the Falcons.
The veteran receiver finally got back on the stat sheet after having been shut out the last two weeks. Shorts had been considered a natural fit as a veteran addition considering his resume and past experience in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense, but he's managed only two receptions while also missing over a month due to a hamstring injury. With Mike Evans in the concussion protocol after sustaining a hit late in Thursday's game, the Bucs need Shorts to begin generating the caliber of production he's proven capable of in the past in order to give the passing game a fighting chance.
Shorts received the start in Sunday's 34-17 victory over the 49ers but saw zero targets on 31 snaps, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran receiver's complete absence from the box score was the biggest surprise to come out of Sunday's victory, given Shorts' experience and solid resume as both an inside and outside receiver. It was surprisingly special teams captain Russell Shepard, he of three career receptions heading into the Week 7 contest, that filled the void created by Vincent Jackson's (knee) absence, converting six targets into five catches for 77 yards and his first career touchdown. However, considering Shorts' previous body of work, it's safe to consider Sunday's result an outlier, one that the veteran wideout is likely to start putting behind him in a Week 8 matchup against a beatable Raiders secondary.
Shorts (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt versus the Niners.
The veteran wideout gets first crack at replacing the sidelined Vincent Jackson (knee) opposite Mike Evans. Shorts' experience playing both inside and outside in past seasons figures to help him flourish in the role against a highly vulnerable Niners secondary.
Shorts (hamstring) is expected to start at wide receiver opposite Mike Evans during Sunday's game against the 49ers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Despite Shorts being listed as questionable heading into the weekend, coach Dirk Koetter plans to fill Vincent Jackson's (knee) vacancy in the starting lineup with Shorts. This would leave Adam Humphries and Russell Shepard as the No. 3 and No. 4 options at wide receiver, while tight end Cameron Brate also figures to play a role in the passing game.
Shorts (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Shorts has been sidelined since Week 2 due to a hamstring ailment, but that problem looks to be behind him given his increased activity level this week. If Shorts is indeed able to return Sunday, his matchup with the 49ers and teammate Vincent Jackson's (knee) absence could lead to more involvement; he has only one catch for 12 yards this season.
Shorts (hamstring) was a full participant in practice on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Shorts went from limited participation to full participation this week in practice, and now appears in line to play Sunday against the 49ers. With Vincent Jackson (knee) landing on injured reserve, Shorts could play a bigger role in Tampa Bay's offense.
Shorts (hamstring) could see an increased role in the wake of Vincent Jackson's knee injury and if so, he feels prepared for it, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "I think the biggest thing for me is making sure I know my assignment and do my job. That time I had when I was out [due to injury] was a good time to catch up and study a lot of stuff. So I'm kind of caught up from a gameplan standpoint, not necessarily the whole offense but the gameplan and what's going on. So I feel pretty confident out there."
The veteran wideout has been sidelined since Week 2 with his hamstring injury, which ironically, occurred on his first catch in a Bucs uniform. The 28-year-old has played both inside and outside in his five NFL seasons, so he presents as the most adequate candidate overall in terms of experience and skill set to take on a lot of Jackson's routes. With the time off apparently having given Shorts an opportunity further acclimate to his responsibilities within the team's offensive system, he could be in line for a decent amount of targets against a questionable 49ers secondary in Week 7 if he's able to go.
Shorts (hamstring) was limited at the Buccaneers' practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Shorts has recorded one catch for 12 yards on the season. The reception occurred in Week 2, but he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury ever since. His status heading into Week 7 is up in the air at this point.
Shorts (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Shorts hasn't featured since injuring his hamstring in Week 2. While the time off since then, which included Tampa Bay's bye last week, allowed Shorts to return Monday, the veteran's fantasy value remains pretty low as the fourth or fifth receiver in the Bucs' offense.