Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson suffered an MCL sprain during the first half of a Week 14 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He hasn't played since and has been placed on injured reserve.
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Jackson Placed on IR
Wednesday, Dec. 30
The Buccaneers have placed Jackson on injured reserve, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Jackson's Nagging Knee Issues Still Leave Bucs with Weapons in Passing Attack
Jackson played all 16 games in each of the last four years, and his durability was one reason he proved to be one of the most dynamic pass-catchers in the league during that stretch. Jackson topped the 1,000-yard mark in six of the last seven seasons with impressive speed and the ability to high-point the ball at 6'5".
He is a legitimate red-zone threat with that height and another big target for rookie quarterback Jameis Winston alongside the 6'5" Mike Evans.
Fortunately for the Buccaneers, they boast a number of offensive weapons even without Jackson. Running back Doug Martin has been rejuvenated this season and looks more like the version of himself that tallied 1,454 rushing yards in his rookie campaign than the one fans have seen the past couple of years.
Evans is another game-changer on the outside who topped 1,000 yards in his rookie season in 2014. He and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will shoulder more of the load in the passing attack without Jackson.