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Second concussion lands Clifton Smith on injured reserve

Yesterday we noted that the second concussion suffered by Tampa Bay Buccaneers return man Clifton Smith could end his season.

Today the Buccaneers made it official, placing Smith on injured reserve.

Both of Smith’s concussions came against the Carolina Panthers. In Week Six Smith was drilled on a brutal cheap shot from Panthers cornerback Dante Wesley, who was ejected and suspended for the hit. On Sunday Smith was hurt making a tackle on the opening kickoff, a short kick that was picked up by Panthers offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz.

Smith is the 12th Tampa Bay player to be placed on injured reserve this season. The Buccaneers promoted rookie running back Kareem Huggins from the practice squad to take Smith’s place on the roster.

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1 Response to “Second concussion lands Clifton Smith on injured reserve”
  1. Ron says: Dec 8, 2009 4:33 PM

    If Dante Wesley’s hit had been on a big name player, he would have been suspended for longer. With the focus the NFL has placed on concussions this year, I’m surprised and disappointed he only got 1 game. As a result of the cheap shot, Clifton becomes more susceptible to further concussions. This one ended his season.

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