Tampa Bay made the decision to shut down Hargreaves after he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews early Wednesday. Though the details surrounding Hargreaves' condition aren't completely clear, it's likely that Hargreaves was recommended to undergo surgery after sustaining what was believed to be a labrum tear in the Buccaneers' season-opening win over the Saints, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. The Buccaneers signed cornerback Marcus Williams on Tuesday to fortify their depth at the position with Hargreaves set to miss at least eight weeks -- if not the entire season -- with the shoulder issue.
Hargreaves (shoulder) will have an MRI on his shoulder Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hargreaves is the Buccaneers' top cornerback when healthy and his absence doesn't bode well for the defense. The team feared he may have suffered a severe injury but they remain cautiously optimistic he'll be alright and avoid being sidelined long-term.
Hargreaves is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints due to a shoulder injury, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.
Ryan Smith will serve as the Buccaneers' top right cornerback as long as Hargreaves remains sidelined, and Javien Elliott could also see an increased workload. Expect an update on Smith's injury after the game.
Hargreaves (groin) participated in Tuesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.
Hargreaves was originally given a timetable of 2-to-3 weeks after sustaining the groin injury, but it looks like he is ahead of schedule. The Buccaneers will likely ease Hargreaves back into a full workload, however, as the former first-round pick will once again serve as a key member of the team's secondary this season. He should be in line to see some time during Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Hargreaves (groin) is expected to be sidelined 2-to-3 weeks.
Coach Dirk Koetter announced the news during Friday's press conference. Hargreaves sustained the injury during Thursday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. The 23-year-old is entering his third season as the Bucs' starting cornerback, so look for them to exercise caution before bringing him back in order to ensure his health as the regular season approaches. In the meantime, look for Carlton Davis and Ryan Smith to see increased reps at practice.
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|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|