Buccaneers’ first-round draft pick, Calijah Kancey, grabbed his calf and blurted out expletives during Sunday’s practice in Tampa. A swooping gasp could be heard across AdventHealth training facility as the expectation that Kancey was seriously injured was on the collective minds of everyone on hand. For the fans, speculation ran wild that day. Todd Bowles announced that afternoon that Kancey would have an MRI and that he believed it was a calf strain — no big deal as long as it was not severe. The rookie defensive lineman did undergo that MRI, and it turns out to be nothing serious. “A collective sigh of relief.”
As for how long Kancey may be out: Jenna Laine of ESPN says that she was told by her sources that he should only miss a few weeks.
“A right calf strain suffered by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Calijah Kancey is not significant and should only keep him out a few weeks — sources told ESPN on Monday.”
The Buccaneers will keep a close eye on this situation and take serious precautions to ensure that he does not further injure himself, but I wouldn’t expect him to miss more than a week of hardcore practice. The injury happened early enough that it will not affect his season. So thats always a plus!