Bruce Arians is back on the sideline Sunday after clearing COVID-19 protocols, but he is doing so while in pain.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers head coach is dealing with an Achilles tendon injury. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, his Achilles is partially ruptured.
“Bucs head coach Bruce Arians ruptured his Achilles’ tendon,” Glazer said on FOX NFL Sunday. “Been trying to keep it under wraps but aggravated it last week,” he added. “Right now it’s a partial rupture but giving him problems and if it fully ruptures he will need immediate surgery.”
The 11-4 Bucs are currently playing the Jets on Sunday and finish the regular season in Week 18 against the Carolina Panthers.
The team needs some help to overtake the 12-3 Green Bay Packers for the NFC’s No. 1 seed, or they will likely play in the NFL’s first playoff weekend starting Jan. 15.
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