The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve. An MRI revealed that Jackson sustained an ACL injury last week against the Carolina Panthers.
“This is obviously very disappointing for me personally,” Jackson said via Buccaneers.com. “I had high hopes for this season because I know what we are capable of accomplishing as a team. My top priority going into every season is being out there with my teammates and helping my team any way possible. While I may not be on the field for the foreseeable future, I will be focused on beginning my rehab as soon as possible and finding ways to support my teammates in whatever way I can.”
Jackson was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2005 and quickly became a favorite target once Phillip Rivers became the starting quarterback. He made two Pro Bowls in his seven seasons with the Chargers and one since he signed with Tampa Bay in 2012.
Head coach Dirk Koetter said that Jackson finished the game despite the injured knee.
“Vincent is a very tough-minded player and a great competitor,” Koetter said via Buccaneers.com “Even though he doesn’t recall when he injured his knee, he was still out there the entire game and made two crucial catches on our final drive to set up the game-winning field goal.”