The injuries continue to pile up for the Buccaneers.
Starting Safety Jermaine Phillips is the latest to be added to the list of the walking wounded after suffering a broken left thumb during Sunday’s loss to the Bills.
Phillips was officially placed on injured reserve only a day after Monday’s press conference where Raheem Morris couldn’t hide his disappointment for Phillips’ injury.
The team also announced on Tuesday that Safety Steve Cargile was released as well.
“Jermaine Phillips is the guy we're really concerned with,” Morris said. “He broke his thumb and the doctors are going to see him again this morning. We'll update you with some further detail on that to come."
With Jermaine Phillips out for the season and Tanard Jackson suspended for two more games, the Bucs secondary appears to be in shambles with the Giants set to come to town on Sunday.
Phillips originally re-signed with the Buccaneers in the offseason and changed positions to linebacker in order to try and replace Derrick Brooks. The experiment didn’t last long though due to Jackson’s suspension.
Phillips has a long history of dealing with injuries. In fact, he has missed 18 games in his career due to injuries including breaking both forearms and his wrist.
For his career, Phillips has registered 417 tackles, 11 interceptions, and three sacks in eight seasons with the Buccaneers
The loss of Phillips comes only days after the team placed seventh round pick CB EJ Biggers on injured reserve.
With Jackson suspended and Phillips injured, the only safeties currently on the Bucs roster are Sabby Piscitelli and Will Allen.
Cargile had resigned with the team on September 19th after being released earlier in the month.