Kendell Beckwith, a linebacker playing for the NFL’sTampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a serious injury to his ankle last week after being involved in an automobile accident. Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht informed media and the fans on Thursday that the injury did require surgery.
Licht explained that the one-car accident happened in Beckwith’s native Louisiana and that the star linebacker was a passenger in the car. The surgery was performed on Beckwith’s ankle Tuesday afternoon and there is no estimation as to when he can return to football at this time. Licht expressed relief at the relatively minor injuries sustained by Beckwith and was thankful that his injuries were not life-threatening.
A police spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, Seargent Don Coppola, reports that the accident took place at about 1 A.M. on the morning of April 12. The driver of the car was Lamin Barrow, a former teammate of Beckwith at Louisiana State University. Barrow apparently lost control of Beckwith’s Chevrolet Camaro, veered off road and eventually crashed into a nearby gate.
Police reports state that both men in the car complained of pain in their legs and were transported to an area hospital by emergency medical services. Barrow, who spent the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons playing respectively with the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears was cited for operating a motor vehicle while possessing a suspended driver’s license. Coppola said that Barrow showed no signs of impairment.
Beckwith’s teammate with the Buccaneers, Kwon Alexander, expresses hope that Beckwith would be able to return for the start of the 2018 season and says that he knows how hard Beckwith will fight to get back on the field. Alexander was also a teammate of Beckwith at LSU and says that Beckwith has remained optimistic.
Alexander said that his advice to Beckwith was to stay prayerful and told him that there are no mistakes with God. Alexander also told Beckwith that he had also suffered a past fractured ankle and that all would be well if he works hard in rehab.
Kendell Beckwith was a third-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017 and started nine games for the team in his rookie season. Beckwith finished the season with a single sack and forced fumble to go along with 73 tackles.