Devante Bond, Ryan Griffin are the latest Buccaneers hit with injuries

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. -- After enjoying a relatively healthy training camp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are showing that they are not immune to the injury bug.

In addition to losing cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah to a patellar fracture, linebacker Devante Bond, quarterback Ryan Griffin and running back Russell Hansbrough are all dealing with injuries.

Bond, who was expected to start the season as the starting strongside linebacker, has a sprained PCL in his knee, a source told ESPN. There is optimism he still could be ready for Week 1, but it may be four to six weeks before he plays again.

Rookie Kendell Beckwith will step into that role this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's also been cross-training as the backup middle linebacker.

"Thats only about 20 percent play time, but were still going to get Kendell reps inside when we are in sub-defense, when we are in nickel defense," coach Dirk Koetter said. "I think hell do nothing but get better."

Beckwith suffered a torn ACL in November but has been a full-go at practice and played 30 snaps in the preseason opener.


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