Bucs staring weakside linebacker Geno Hayes will be unable to participate in any of the teams OTAs or minicamps this offseason due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Reports WQYK-AM 1010 host and Bright House Sports Network contributor Tom Krasniqi, Hayes who injured the shoulder in the second quarter of the Bucs’ final game of the season underwent surgery in late January to repair the injury.
Hayes is expected to miss 3-4 months while rehabbing. This is definitely not good news for the Buccaneers or Hayes. Hayes who made, a great deal of progress down the stretch, in his first year as the Bucs’ starting weakside linebacker finished the season with 136 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 12 quarterback hurries.
The injury to Hayes could have a huge impact on the Bucs plans moving forward and could quite possibly force the team to use resources they had allocated to correct deficiencies elsewhere on insurance at the weakside linebacker spot.