Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Bucs’ 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, while weakside linebacker Lavonte David suffered what the training staff believes is a high ankle sprain, a source told ESPN.
Spence left the game early but did return, while David was carted off late in the fourth quarter. X-rays for David did not reveal any broken bones, but he will undergo an MRI Monday to learn the extent of the injury, as will Spence. David was walking around on crutches after the game with his left ankle heavily taped.
Despite the world’s most depressing pro day, where he kicked in front of zero scouts in the California rain, he earned his first NFL contract with 49ers in 2012. San Francisco cut him before he even saw the field, setting off a string of almosts that led him to deals with the Raiders, Packers, and Lions without finding a permanent home.
The one team who kept calling, however, was the one closest to his American home. The Raiders saw Tavecchio’s talent, even though they had no room for him on the roster behind their entrenched veteran kicker. As Silver and Black Pride tells it:
When I left there, it was not the best of terms with some of the people, Tolbert said on The John Murphy Show. But at the same time, I have lifelong brothers that I made there.
Tolbert, a 10-year veteran, has been highly productive in his career, racking up 2,444 yards and 34 touchdowns. He’ll now have to block guys like Luke Kuechly — whom Tolbert called the best linebacker in the league — and Thomas Davis in this game. Buffalo is a run-first team, and Tolbert is arguably one of the best blocking fullbacks in the league.
This matchup should be a knock-down-drag-out game, and Buffalo will look to Tolbert set the tone in the run game against some of his best friends.