Injured Bucs LB Black has complications with arm


Injured Bucs LB Black has complications with arm

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.

The coach couldn't help but think of the paralyzed defensive lineman when Black remained on the ground, however he almost immediately spotted a positive sign.

``I think actually because of what I've been through with Eric, I was a little relieved because I saw (Black) move his right hand,'' Schiano said. ``It was a totally different situation. He was fine, looking me in the eye and talking. Totally different than when that happened before.''

Schiano also visited Black at the hospital before the player was released late Sunday.

``He had just been through a lot of tests. But he was OK,'' Schiano said. ``He's a grown man, he's a mature guy. He knows there's something. It's not a little thing, but I think he'll be fine.''

Black's teammates are pulling for him, too.

``It's bigger than football. He's on of my good friends, and a guy I look up to. He helped me as a rookie and still helps me out,'' second-year linebacker Mason Foster said. You see him hurt, it's definitely a blow, but you got to keep playing, and next man up.''

The Bucs (5-4) have overcome injuries that forced Schiano to juggle the offensive line and use some inexperienced players in the defensive secondary to win four of the past five games to climb over .500 after a 1-3 start.

Schiano would not speculate on long Black might be sidelined or if the injury could threaten his career.

``I don't know enough yet. That would be speculating. I sure hope not,'' the coach said. ``I think right now we still have to do these other tests to find out exactly what it is.''

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2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

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The first big move of NBA Draft night - according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski - was to help Atlanta land Virginia's De'Andre Hunter.

Per Wojnarowski Atlanta has acquired the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans, which they got from the Lakers in the mega-deal for Anthony Davis, for the picks No. 8, 17, and 35. With that fourth overall selection, the Hawks plan to take Hunter. 

Hunter, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of UVA's national championship team this past season, was profiled in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series.

In his interview with NBC Sports Washington, Hunter described what he expects draft night to be like for him and his family. 

"Draft night's gonna be really emotional. I don't know if I'm gonna cry or not, but I know a few members of my family will be crying, so that'll probably get to me a little bit," Hunter said. "It's gonna be a great moment for not only me but for my family as well."

In another pre-draft trade, the Suns have acquired the No. 11 pick and forward Dario Saric from the Timberwolves for the No. 6 pick, per Wojnarowski


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2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York


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It's NBA Draft night! That means prospects are about to begin the most exciting time of their professional lives. It also means they're going to show up in wild, sometimes fly, sometimes ill-advised outfits on the red carpet. 

Here's a quick roundup of what everybody's rocking this year. 

Bol Bol, Oregon

Is this one of the boldest draft looks ever? Hard to top rhinestone spider webs. 

RJ Barrett, Duke

Bright pink suit, custom Canadian flag lining and spiked loafers. A whole lot of look for Barrett. 

Zion Williamson, Duke

Williamson went with a cream satin tuxedo without a tie. 

Cam Reddish, Duke

Reddish opted for a gold-on-black print jacket and black shirt and pants, finished off with a simple gold chain. 

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