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Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert's Shoulder Injury Diagnosed as Dislocation

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IAugust 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) gets helped off the field after getting injured on a run against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the team's 13-12 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium.    

It hasn't been decided if the injury will require surgery, but Gabbert wore a sling while leaving the field postgame: 

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Arians added that he would feel "more than comfortable" if third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin has to move to No. 2 on the depth chart.

Gabbert had taken over for starting quarterback Jameis Winston to begin the second half. During his first drive, he scrambled for eight yards and hurt himself while bracing his fall with his left arm. The 29-year-old immediately waved for medical personnel to come onto the field. 

Griffin replaced Gabbert and was responsible for the team's only touchdown when he connected with tight end Jordan Leggett for a 20-yard score at the end of the third quarter.

Gabbert signed a one-year contract with the Bucs in March after being released by the Tennessee Titans, where he backed up Marcus Mariota. He appeared in eight games for the Titans (three starts) while throwing for 626 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions with a 60.4 percent completion rate.

Gabbert previously played for Arians, assistant head coach Harold Goodwin and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during the 2017 season in Arizona

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Gabbert out of Missouri with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He was the starter for the next three seasons in Jacksonville but only appeared in three games in 2013 because of a fractured thumb and a strained hamstring. He posted a 5-22 record as a Jaguar.

Jacksonville then traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers in March 2014, and he stayed through 2016.

For his career, Gabbert owns a 56.2 percent completion rate for 9,063 yards, 48 touchdowns and 47 picks. 

If Gabbert's dislocated shoulder requires surgery, it sounds like Griffin will open the regular season as Winston's backup. However, as Arians said in his postgame presser, Tampa Bay will be looking to add another quarterback. 

Griffin hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since entering the league undrafted out of Tulane in 2013. The 29-year-old spent his first two seasons with the New Orleans Saints