Quincy Black LB TB Dec 23 '78

Bucs released SLB Quincy Black.

This was fully expected to happen. Black suffered nerve damage in his neck and upper arm after a collision on the field last season. He was set to earn $5.5 million in each of the next three seasons. Tampa Bay signed his replacement in Jonathan Casillas on Wednesday. Black's football future is up in the air.

Quincy Black LB TB Dec 02 '78

Bucs SLB Quincy Black won't know whether his January nerve-graft surgery was successful for "several months."

He's had limited movement in his left arm since suffering the damaged nerve in mid-November. GM Mark Dominik acknowledged at the Combine that Black may have played his last snap for the Buccaneers. Black was a poor fit for Greg Schiano's defense from the get-go, and his football career is now in jeopardy.

Quincy Black LB TB Nov 05 '78

All of the guaranteed money in Bucs SLB Quincy Black's five-year, $29 million contract has already been paid.

Black is undergoing surgery later this month to facilitate the healing of a damaged nerve in his neck, and is considered a "long way" from playing football again. The Bucs could release Black this offseason with zero cap hit, although they'd owe him some cash as part of his injury protection. Black struggled in Greg Schiano's new defense before suffering his injury in Week 10.

Quincy Black LB TB Nov 02 '78

Bucs SLB Quincy Black has yet to undergo surgery and is still having complications from the neck injury that sidelined him after Week 10.

Black is fully expected to recover from the injury that hospitalized him after a collision with Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, but it will keep him off the field for an undetermined period of time. He is expected to undergo surgery "soon," though. Black is due $5.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

Quincy Black LB TB Oct 11 '78

Bucs coach Greg Schiano is unsure of SLB Quincy Black's (neck) status for the 2013 campaign entering the offseason.

Black was hospitalized following a November 11 collision with Chargers RB Ryan Mathews and never played another snap in 2012. "They are still not sure what they're doing medically," Schiano said. "He's been to some different places in the country, the finest people there are. So I'm not sure what's going to happen there." Black is owed a pricey $5.5 million base salary in 2013.

Quincy Black LB TB Aug 24 '781 Comment

Bucs placed SLB Quincy Black (neck) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Black was hospitalized and suffered complications with his left arm. The injury is not believed to be career-threatening, but the Bucs obviously believed it will be awhile before he returns to form. Black was Tampa Bay's least effective starting linebacker through nine games, playing less than half the snaps of rookie Lavonte David. He will be in the third year of a five-year contract in 2013.

Quincy Black LB TB Aug 23 '78

Bucs LB Quincy Black is expected to be "okay overall," but is haivng "complications" with his left arm.

Coach Greg Schiano admits the situation is "serious," and "hopes" Black's injury isn't career-threatening. Schiano has refused to rule Black out for 2012, but it seems extremely unlikely he takes the field again this season. Black has appeared in all nine games to date, making five starts. If his year is through, he'll finish with 35 tackles and zero sacks.

Quincy Black LB TB Aug 23 '78

The Bucs are uncertain if LB Quincy Black (neck) will be able to play again this season.

Black lowered his head to tackle Ryan Mathews on Sunday and took the worst of a helmet-to-helmet blow. He has been discharged from a Tampa hospital, but is set for more testing Monday. Black had 29 tackles in eight games coming into Sunday.

Quincy Black LB TB Aug 22 '78

Bucs LB Quincy Black left Sunday's Week 10 game against the Chargers with an apparent neck injury.

In the third quarter, Black lowered his head to tackle Ryan Mathews. It resulted in a helmet-to-helmet blow and Black immediately went motionless. The cart came out and the players gathered in prayer.

Quincy Black LB TB Mar 22 '78

Quincy Black has been running as the starting strong-side linebacker during minicamp.

Mason Foster has been in the middle and second-round rookie Lavonte David has been on the weak side. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas believes Black will be pushed by Adam Hayward for the gig, but there's not much IDP upside here either way. The strong-side 'backer doesn't typically rack up tackles in new coach Greg Schiano's defensive scheme.