Bucs place KR Clifton Smith on injured reserve
Tampa Bay kick returner Clifton Smith will miss the rest of the
season after his second concussion in less than two months.
The second-year pro was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, two
days after he was hurt making a tackle on the opening kickoff of
Sunday’s 16-6 loss at Carolina.
His first concussion happened during an Oct. 18 game against the
Panthers, when he was hit trying to make a fair catch on a
Smith was a Pro Bowl kick returner as a rookie. He’s second in
the NFL in kickoff return average (29.1 yards) and 10th in punt
return average (10.1) this season.
The Bucs promoted running back Kareem Huggins from the practice
squad to fill the roster opening.
The move was announced on the team’s day off.
On Monday, coach Raheem Morris was asked if the Bucs would take
a cautious approach with Smith’s second concussion.
“That’s a no-brainer. … I don’t want to speak out of turn but
I’m sure there will be with what’s going on with concussions and
our society as far as the NFL,” Morris said.