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 (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.
Hargreaves was sidelined throughout the weekend with a leg laceration that ultimately required stitches, but he was able to return in a fairly timely fashion as training camp ramps up. He's slated to start at cornerback for the Bucs following a 2017 campaign in which he amassed 42 tackles and five passes defensed in nine games.
Hargreaves has avoided serious damage, but he will rest up the injury to prevent anything further. Coming off a sophomore season which lasted just nine games due to a hamstring injury, Hargreaves will attempt to bounce back after a turnover-free nine games last year and his contributions to a secondary that allowed the fourth-highest completion percentage (67.6) in the NFL. The third-year corner displayed versatility by playing both outside and as the nickel corner and he figures to see work at both spots in 2018. However, he will likely remain off the fantasy radar unless he can drastically increase his interception rate of just one in his first 25 career games.
|4||9/30/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|6||10/14/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||76||68.0||8||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||9|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||42||37.0||5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7||6.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||0||29||5.8||12||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||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||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|