Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie defensive end Noah Spence is undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a fully torn labrum in his right shoulder, a source told ESPN.
Spence, 23, suffered the tear and dislocation in the Bucs’ 27-7 loss to the Denver Broncos on Oct. 2. He underwent an MRI last week to determine the extent of the injury and met with doctors Tuesday.
The procedure is being performed at Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. He is expected to make a full recovery. It is unclear at this point how much he’ll be able to participate in the team’s offseason program.
Defensive end Noah Spence recorded 5.5 sacks in 2016, which was fifth among NFL rookies and third-most on the Buccaneers.
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The two most significant drop-offs in play came from Griffin and Matt Leinart, who both suffered injuries after encouraging starts to their careers. Griffin’s rookie season ended with a torn ACL and he’s now a backup in Washington after a roller coaster of mishandled situations that followed his injury.
Authentic Mens Kevin Zeitler Jersey Leinart got off to a slow start to his second season, and threw just 112 passes over five starts while splitting time with Kurt Warner before he was sent to injured reserve in early October with a broken collarbone. Warner never gave back the job and led the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl with a Pro Bowl season in 2008.
While Bortles was the NFL’s most sacked quarterback in 2014 and Bridgewater faced overblown criticisms about small knees, ankles and wrists, all of the rookies escaped last season without a major injury.