Arians: Bucs C Shipley could have ‘career-ending’ neck injury
Tampa Bay center A.Q. Shipley likely suffered a career-ending neck injury Monday night, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said late Wednesday.
Arians originally said Shipley suffered a stinger and said it “looks like he’s going to be OK,” after the eight-year NFL veteran was hurt late in the 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Arians gave a more dire assessment Wednesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury,” he said. “And I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all-time and was playing good for us. But I think it was a previous injury that might have just got aggravated in his neck.”
Shipley, 34, is in his first season with the Buccaneers but previously played under Arians with the Arizona Cardinals from 2015-17.
Shipley started the past two games at center after Ryan Jensen was moved to left guard to fill in for the injured Ali Marpet (concussion protocol). He played all 80 offensive snaps in the Week 10 win at Carolina and missed only two of 69 snaps against the Rams.
Originally a 2009 seventh-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Penn State, Shipley has played in 110 games (72 starts) with the Indianapolis Colts (2012, 2014), Baltimore Ravens (2013), Cardinals and Buccaneers.
Jensen likely will be back at center when Tampa Bay (7-4) hosts the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) on Sunday.
–Field Level Media