Spence's season-ending shoulder injury has been described by head coach Dirk Koetter as "long term," Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
In the same report, however, Laine relays that the Buccaneers are hopeful that the surgery Spence underwent in Colorado after being placed on season-ending injured reserve has corrected the problem. The second-year defensive end dislocated his shoulder a total of four times over a span of 12 months, with the first instance having come in Week 4 of his rookie 2016 campaign against the Broncos. Spence also underwent surgery on the shoulder last Jan. 11 to repair what was at the time a fully torn labrum suffered against the Panthers in the 2016 season finale. A first-round talent that slipped in the draft due to off-the-field concerns, Spence has flashed his pass-rushing acumen over his first 22 career games despite often playing hurt and in a part-time role, collecting 6.5 sacks. He'll look to be ready for the start of OTAs, with further updates on his condition expected as that time draws near.
Spence was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
It's the fourth time that Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, has dislocated his shoulder, with the latest occurrence set to require season-ending surgery. The defensive end played through a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum for much of his rookie campaign before dislocating the shoulder again in Week 17 and requiring offseason surgery. The Buccaneers had expected big things from Spence in his second season, but the defensive end managed just nine tackles and one sack in six games before being shut down after he couldn't play through the shoulder injury any longer. Veteran Darryl Tapp was signed Wednesday to provide extra depth along the defensive line.
Spence was a full participant during Friday's practice after nursing a shoulder injury earlier in the week, so he'll be ready to provide depth on the defensive line in Week 7 behind Robert Ayers and William Gholston.
Spence (shoulder) practiced without limitations Friday and is questionable to play Sunday against the Bills, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Spence has been nursing this injury for most of the season but hasn't missed a game, so he should be expected to show up in at least a limited fashion. Still, he plays a backup role on the defensive line and shouldn't be considered an IDP option.
Spence (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
The second-year defensive end is continuing to play through his shoulder injury and could well be limited by the ailment for the entirety of the season. He's struggled to make much of an impact thus far, posting no more than two tackles in any contest and notching only one sack, which came in the opener. Given that he's been able to persevere through the first five games, it's likely that Spence suits up against the Bills in Week 7, but the week's remaining practice sessions will shed further light on that probability.
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||22||16.0||6||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||9||5.0||4||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|