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Bucs’ Bruce Arians says Blaine Gabbert’s shoulder injury is ‘not as serious as it looks’

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On Friday night, against the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-string quarterback Baine Gabbert sustained a left shoulder injury. He reportedly dislocated the shoulder.

Buccaneers head coach said after the injury, via Eduardo Encino of the Tampa Bay Times:

“First time it (became) subluxed,” Arians said. “So it was hurting pretty good. It’s like I told him, ‘Good thing it’s not your throwing shoulder, so you’ll be all right.'”

On Saturday, Arians gave an update on Gabbert’s shoulder, per The Athletic’s Greg Auman:

“[His shoulder injury is] not as serious as it looks.”

Despite minor severity, Arians has noted that he will sign another quarterback to add alongside Ryan Griffin and Jameis Winston. Winston likely won’t play the fourth preseason game; as starters typically don’t. Available quarterbacks include Sam Bradford, Brock Osweiler, Brandon Weeden, Trevone Boykin, and, of course, Colin Kaepernick.

Before his injury, Gabbert went 4-for-5 for 33 yards. In his second preseason game, versus the Miami Dolphins, the quarterback threw 5-for-12 for 42 yards. In his first, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gabbert recorded 6-for-8 for 50 yards. He did not throw an interception or touchdown in any of the three games.

The Buccaneers signed the 29-year-old Gabbert to a one-year $1.6 million deal in late March. In 2018, he played with the Tennessee Titans, as Marcus Mariota’s backup. He wound up playing eight games, starting three, and recorded 626 yards, four interceptions, and four touchdowns and two wins as a starter.

Before Tennessee, Gabbert played with Arians on the Arizona Cardinals.

In their one year together, he started five games and accumulated 1,086 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions while winning two games.