TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black is expected to recover from a neck injury suffered against San Diego but is experiencing complications with his left arm.
Black was carted off the field after tackling running back Ryan Mathews during the third quarter of the Buccaneers' 34-24 victory over the Chargers.
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said Monday that Black did not suffer any spinal damage and that the sixth-year pro had "full function" with the exception of a problem with his left arm that will keep him off the field for an undetermined length of time.
"Overall, he's going to be OK," Schiano said. "Now, it's a serious injury. And he's having some complications with his left arm. So there's still further tests he has to go through before we can make a definitive statement. But it's serious. How much time that means, we're going to have to see."
Black remained on the field on his back after appearing make helmet-to-helmet contact with Mathews, who was not injured. The linebacker's neck and back were immobilized before he was placed on a cart, transported to a nearby hospital for observation and later released.
"The spine is fine. It's nerves and things coming off. I don't want to say too much because I'm not even exactly sure, and I don't want to misspeak," Schiano said.
"But I do know that it's going to need some further tests to get to the bottom of it," the coach added. "There's a lot of really smart, good doctors that are working on it right now for Quincy, which makes me feel good. We're going to get him the best care, and get the best solution, and get him back to being well."
Schiano, who's in his first season with Tampa Bay, was the head coach at Rutgers when former Scarlet Knights player Eric LeGrand's career was ended when he broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury during a kickoff return against Army in October 2010.