Shaq Barrett sprains MCL against Panthers, will be subject to further evaluation
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided an update on Shaq Barrett’s health following their Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers. Barrett, who left early in the second half with a knee injury, has been diagnosed with MCL strain and will undergo further evaluation on Monday.
The first indications are that Shaq Barrett, Bucs’ passing specialist, suffered an MCL sprain and “nothing long term,” according to the source. Further tests on Monday.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2021
Barret has stood out on the Bucs’ defense this season, leading the team with 9.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. That adds up to 47 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two passing deflections and 21 quarterback hits.
With the NFC South crown locked in and the New York Jets on the horizon, it’s conceivable that the Bucs will give Barrett next week so he can head into the playoffs as close to 100% health as possible.
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is listed behind Barrett on the Bucs’ depth chart and could be in line for his fourth start of the season if Barrett can’t play.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bucs lined up as -13 favorites against the Jets for their Week 17 contest.