Devin White’s knee injury isn’t all that serious. Despite initial optimism he would play in Week 3, though, it appears more and more likely that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker will be sidelined on Sunday against the New York Giants.
White suffered the injury during the first quarter of last Thursday’s 20-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers and never returned. The next day, Tampa coach Bruce Arians told reporters that the rookie was day-to-day with a sprained MCL. White has yet to practice this week, as noted by Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper, and is unlikely to be given the green light to play versus Daniel Jones and the Giants unless he takes the field on Friday.
The No. 5 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, White immediately seized a starting inside linebacker role next to veteran LaVonte David in the Bucs’ 3-4 defense. He had six tackles in his NFL debut, a 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and notched two tackles before leaving Thursday’s game following a takedown of Christian McCaffrey.
Known for his rare all-around athleticism and playing versatility, White is poised to rank among the NFL’s most impactful defensive players for years to come. He put his eye-popping physical traits on display during a dominant performance at the combine last spring, posting a 4.42 40-yard dash and 39 and-a-half inch vertical jump.
White had 123 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, and six passes defensed in his junior season at LSU, earning consensus All-American honors and winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.