Tampa Bay Buccaneers Place Adrian Clayborn on Injured Reserve


Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end

Adrian Clayborn

(94) against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pass rush has taken a big hit.

The Bucs announced today that defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been placed on injured reserve with a biceps injury that he suffered in Sunday’s season opening loss to the Carolina Panthers.

His spot on the roster has been taken by Scott Solomon, who the Bucs had waived earlier in the week.

Clayborn was going to be heavily relied upon this season as a starter opposite free agent signing Michael Johnson.

However, Clayborn lasted just one game and had one tackle in Sunday’s matchup.

Clayborn is the second Buc to placed on IR within the last 48 hours after Mike Jenkinsseason ended on Wednesday.

It’s the second shortened season of Clayborn’s four-year career. In 2012 he played just three games before tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the season.

Last year Clayborn showed the promise the Bucs expected when they drafted him 20th overall in 2011 when he had 64 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

In related news, Johnson sat out practice for the third straight day meaning his status for Sunday isn’t promising. If Johnson doesn’t play, the Bucs will deploy two backup defensive ends for their game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon.

Solomon, who had a very good preseason that saw him make the initial 53-man roster, had three tackles in the season opener last Sunday.

Along with Johnson and Solomon, the other options at defensive end are the recently re-signed Larry English, William Gholston, Jacquies Smith and Da’Quan Bowers. However, Bowers has been primarily used as a defensive tackle since Lovie Smith became head coach.