According to a Wednesday morning report from Jenna Laine of ESPN, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rookie defensive end Noah Spence has been forced to undergo surgery to repair a fully torn labrum. With the Wednesday morning procedure stemming from an injury to the up-and-comer’s right shoulder, Spence notably sustained the setback midway through the 2016-2017 regular season.
However, Spence also suffered a dislocation of his right shoulder as a result of the Buccaneers’ 27-7 loss to the Denver Broncos. Due to encountering the setback, he previously underwent a MRI before ultimately meeting with doctors earlier in the week to determine whether or not surgery was necessary.
The 23-year-old defensive end once again dislocated his right shoulder in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers while attempting to reset the injury on the field. While seemingly doing so successfully, he went on to play 64 percent of the Buccaneers’ defensive snaps and did not prematurely exit the game.
Appearing in all 16 regular season games after originally being selected by the Buccaneers in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Eastern Kentucky, he tallied 22 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Spence initially began his collegiate career at Ohio State while once being slated as a potential first-round draft pick.
While Spence will make a full recovery after undergoing the procedure at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, it remains to be seen as to exactly how much he participates in the Buccaneers’ eventual offseason program over the summer.