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Buccaneers CB M.J. Stewart will miss ‘possibly 3-4 weeks’ with knee injury

Buccaneers, M.J. Stewart

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have quickly found themselves in some pretty serious need for a cornerback.

Of course, they released former first-round pick, Vernon Hargreaves early in the week. Now, M.J. Stewart could miss 3-4 weeks with a knee injury, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

Stewart was a second-round pick in 2018. He was meant to be a part of their young corps at the cornerback position. Of course, that was supposed to be alongside Hargreaves.

Stewart has had his moments in 2019. Through seven games, he has 30 tackles (had 33 in 11 games last year). He also has one pass deflection but does not have any interceptions, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.

In fact, his next one of any of those three will be the first of his career.

Still, Stewart is just 24 and has a lot of potential. With a 3-6 record, that’s what the Buccaneers should be looking for. They likely aren’t going anywhere this year, so evaluating talent is an important process through the last seven games.

Now, they won’t get that opportunity with Stewart for another few weeks due to what is being called a right knee sprain.

Stewart should be back before the end of the year though. That gives him a chance to add to his sophomore season and it gives Tampa Bay a chance to further evaluate their needs heading into the offseason.

By the looks of it, M.J. Stewart has only three or four games left in the 2019 season to build up his stock. Once he returns from injury, he will want to make the most of those opportunities.

The Buccaneers have shown with Hargreaves that they are not afraid of getting rid of young talent that they invested early draft picks in if they feel they are not performing to the right level.