Vincent Jackson Injury: Updates on Buccaneers WR's Knee and Recovery

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) stiff arms New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) after a reception during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The play was called back due a penalty. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson suffered an ACL injury and was placed on injured reserve, per the team's official website.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Jackson tore the ACL in his left knee. However, ESPN's Ed Werder reported Jackson's injury isn't definitely an ACL tear.

Continue for updates.

Koetter Comments on Jackson's Status

Saturday, Oct. 22 

Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter told reporters he wasn't sure whether Jackson completely tore his ACL or not and noted the wideout had another MRI coming up soon. 

Jackson Releases Statement on Knee Injury

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Details on Jackson's Injury

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Stroud added that Jackson suffered the injury during his team's 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 10 and was further evaluated on Tuesday.

The team's website announced that the receiver "was evaluated following the game after complaining of discomfort in the knee."

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Jackson Injury Robs Buccaneers of Threat in Passing Attack

This is another difficult setback for Jackson in the injury department. He missed time in December 2015 with an MCL sprain and appeared in only 10 games during the season, which marked the first time since 2010 that he didn't play a full 16-game slate.

In fact, Jackson played a full 16 games seven times in his career coming into the 2016 campaign and has been one of the most durable pass-catchers in the league. He also had six 1,000-yard seasons entering the 2016 schedule as a three-time Pro Bowler but has just 173 receiving yards this year.

Fellow wide receiver Mike Evans will need to shoulder even more of the load moving forward following Jackson's injury, which he is more than capable of doing after topping 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the league. He gives quarterback Jameis Winston a reliable No. 1 option, even if Jackson isn't there to take some of the defensive attention away.

The Buccaneers can also attempt to control the clock and manage the game with running back Doug Martin in Jackson's absence.

Tampa Bay has talent on the offensive side, but Jackson adds another proven dimension to the passing attack for a team that has struggled to a 2-3 start this season.