Potential Nightmare for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 3, 2009

IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 26:  Guard Arron Sears #78 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on October 26, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It is simply NOT a scenario the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to contemplate.

Arron Sears has been a mainstay on the offensive line since he was selected in the second round of the 2007 draft out of Tennessee.

Solid pick, solid, reliable left guard is what he has been for the Bucs.

Suddenly, there is a cloud of doubt and concern swirling around Sears.

The Tampa-based Pewter Report has indeed reported that Sears has not been cleared for OTA or perhaps training camp participation.

The publication has cited a source close to the situation that Sears may be suffering from a concussion-related injury. Reporting these sort of things, like all injuries is a complicated situation with today HIPAA privacy laws.

Regardless, anything concussion-related has been in the NFL spotlight after high profile stars like Troy Aikman saw their careers end as a result of concussions.

No one wants to imagine that perhaps the Sears situation is that serious.

Career ending?

It's a scenario this young, rebuilding franchise does not need.

The only good news is that the offensive line is one of the positions where the Buccaneers actually have depth and experience.

Jeremy Zuttah, the Bucs third-round pick in 2008 has performed beyond expectations and would be the man to step into Sears' position if the worst scenario prevailed.

Sears has no history of head injuries during his Tennessee playing days and there was  no indication of any trouble during the 2008 season.

This is simply a wait-and-see deal. There's no rehab for head injuries.


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