Buccaneers Rumors: Akiem Hicks Expected to Miss 1 Month with Foot Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 20, 2022

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Akiem Hicks is expected to miss a month after suffering a torn plantar fascia in his foot, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Greg Auman of The Athletic described the play where Hicks suffered the injury, which occurred during the Bucs' 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Greg Auman @gregauman

Akiem Hicks hurt his left foot late in second quarter, on the play where Shaq Barrett forced a Winston fumble but Saints recovered. Hicks drew a double-team, hopped for a sec, limped slowly off the field, couldn't make a move toward loose ball as play unfolded. <a href="https://t.co/yg96BcOZdB">pic.twitter.com/yg96BcOZdB</a>

Hicks, 32, is in his 11th NFL season and first with the Bucs. The 2018 Pro Bowler has five tackles and a quarterback hit through two games.

Hicks' injury could mean more playing time for Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who had the second-most snaps on the defensive line Sunday.

Greg Auman @gregauman

Defensive snaps show starting DBs played every snap, and with Akiem Hicks’ injury, Vita Vea played 13 snaps more than any other defensive lineman. <a href="https://t.co/sYHAIGh7XI">pic.twitter.com/sYHAIGh7XI</a>

Nunez-Roches is listed as nose tackle Vita Vea's backup, but the two played on the field together against the Saints.

This may also be Logan Hall's time to step up. The rookie out of Houston played 43 percent of snaps versus New Orleans.

Tampa Bay currently sits first in the NFC South with a 2-0 record. The Bucs will take on the Green Bay Packers at home on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.


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