The Buccaneers will have to finish the season without Louis Murphy, as head coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday that the former Gator is headed to injured reserve with a “significant” ACL injury.
After catching a 29-yard pass on a crossing route in the first quarter, Murphy was tripped up and immediately seen grabbing his right knee before needing assistance from the trainers.
Smith talked about the injury as an unfortunate situation for Murphy, but something the team has to adjust to, whether it’s relying on a backup or promoting a player from the practice squad to add depth.
“It’s about the next guy up,” Smith said. “Donteea Dye has stepped up and given us some good reps. With Louis down of course, I would say we’re going to move another guy up. Adam Humphries has been in that role before. But we’ll just look at our options and go from there.”
One of the other options Smith alluded to was Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The second-year tight end, who was limited at practice last week after being sidelined the past four games with a shoulder injury, is likely to return next Sunday.
“Hopefully, too, we’ll get another option in our passing game in Austin Seferian-Jenkins,” Smith said. “That can also counter the third receiver and what he’s doing.”
As for Vincent Jackson, who also left the game with a knee injury, Smith said they’re still in the process of evaluating him and will know more by Tuesday.
Update: The Buccaneers officially announced Thursday that Louis Murphy will be placed on injured reserve. No official replacement has been named, though it’s likely one of Rannell Hall or Adam Humphries will be promoted. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs signed former USF and Bills wide receiver Andre Davis, 22, to the practice squad, as well as former Wisconsin guard Ryan Groy. This coming after the team announced the release of cornerbacks Keon Lyn and Daxton Swanson and tackle Martin Wallace, leaving them with one open spot currently on the practice squad.
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Get well soon Murph and see you next year! I want to say something about Murphy’s possible replacement. It is likely to be Rannell Hall, Adam Hall, or Evan Spencer.
We are all familiar with Hall and Humphries. But who is Spencer? At first glance his presence looks like a favor to RB coach Tim Spencer. But I looked closer and this guy can really catch – catch like dare I say Odell Beckham. That may be a stretch, but he has legitimate talent. Take a look for yourself.
Correction: Adam Humphries
Murphy comes and goes anyway even when he is healthy. He a perfect present day Buc. An underachiever who manages to hang around.
Murph; I wish the best and hope for a full recovery.
And the hits keep coming smh. Get well Louis and I wish you the best. As for his replacement, Humphries and Hall seemed to play well, yet inconsistent during pre-season. Having a rookie in there, that should be expected. Maybe we need to pick up a veteran FA in case VJax is out as well?
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