Bucs place Aqib Talib on injured reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve after he aggravated a hamstring injury in the loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.

It’s worth wondering if Talib has played the final game of his career with the Bucs. Talib, of course, faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing shots at the boyfriend of his sister this past offseason. The court case is expected to proceed after this season is over.

Talib injured his hamstring earlier in the month and hurt it again in the first quarter of the loss. Talib is a talented performer who has been haunted by offseason mistakes, none greater than his current predicament. The NFL has waited to consider discipline in this case. It’s certainly possible that Talib will be back in Tampa next season but he needs to navigate the court system in Texas first. The trial is scheduled to begin March 26.

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