The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed outside linebacker Quincy Black on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, 48 hours after he suffered complications from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego.
Black, a third-round draft pick in 2007, was released from St. Joseph's Hospital late Sunday. On Monday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Black did not suffer spinal damage, but was experiencing complications with his left arm and needed further testing.
Black, 28, was injured after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the third quarter while stopping Chargers running back Ryan Matthews for a 1-yard loss in the Bucs' 34-24 win.
The crown of Matthews' helmet hit the left ear hole of Black's helmet and Black remained motionless on the field for several minutes.
Black was strapped to a stretcher with his head immobilized before he was carted off, giving teammates and fans a thumbs-up sign with his right hand as he left the field.
"The spine is fine,'' Schiano said Monday. "It's the nerves and things coming off that. Overall, it's a serious injury.''
Black has played in all nine games with the Bucs this season, starting five. He posted 32 tackles, including three for loss, and added three special teams stops and a fumble recovery.
Veteran linebacker Adam Hayward, who returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against San Diego, is a prime candidate to take Black's spot in Sunday's matchup at Carolina.
In other moves, the Bucs signed defensive end Ernest Owusu and wide receiver Diondre Borel to their practice squad and released tight end LaMark Brown and wide receiver Dale Moss.