Bucs LB Shaquil Barrett out for season with ripped Achilles, source says

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett will miss the rest of the 2022 season after suffering a torn Achilles, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.

An MRI on Friday confirmed the Achilles tear, with the source saying Barrett is expected to be out for seven to nine months.

Barrett was injured on a third-and-a-game during the third quarter of Thursday’s 27-22 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. After being treated by athletic trainers, Barrett came off the pitch barely putting any weight on his left leg and was carried to the locker room once on the sidelines.

The 29-year-old had three sacks in eight games this season, his fourth in Tampa Bay, but Thursday night was perhaps one of his best performances of the season, with one sack, three tackles for a loss, four combined tackles and a 21.1% pressure percentage before leaving the game.

The Buccaneers gave up three touchdowns after Barrett left the game in the third quarter. He was replaced by Anthony Nelson, author of five sacks last season.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Barrett has been the Buccaneers’ top rusher since his breakout season in 2019, when he led the NFL with an incredible 19.5 sacks. Barrett’s 40.5 sacks are the fourth of any defensive player since 2019, second only to Aaron Donald, as are his 12 forced fumbles.

Barrett’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have lost five of their last six games and fell to a 3-5 record. Their once-top-ranked run defense has given up 632 rushing yards over the past four weeks — the most in the NFL — and they’ve struggled to pressure opposing quarterbacks.

Next week they will face the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, to whom they have lost three times since 2020, including a 30-27 loss in January that knocked the Buccaneers out of the playoffs.

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