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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwith will miss the 2019 season after being placed on the Reserve Non-Football Injury List, and sources told ESPN on Friday that his ankle injury could be career-threatening.
Beckwith also missed last season as a result of the fractured ankle, which he suffered in a car accident in April 2018.
“You hate to see guys lose their career off the field,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Friday. “For Kendell, he was a bright prospect and it’s just unfortunate. You have to move on. For me, I was never really counting on him coming back. I was hoping, but that’s one of the reasons Devin [White] is here.”
A third-round draft pick in 2017, Beckwith became one of the Bucs’ most dependable players on defense as a rookie, starting nine games and playing all three linebacker positions. He finished the season with 73 combined tackles (60 solo), two pass breakups, a sack and a forced fumble.
While he was back home in Louisiana in April 2018, Beckwith allowed former LSU teammate Lamin Barrow to drive his Camaro with him to the gas station.