The season may be over for Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Jackson is going on injured reserve, the team announced. Although it’s possible that he could return in eight weeks, there are reports that he suffered a torn ACL, which would end his season.
The 33-year-old Jackson is fourth on the team with 15 catches for 173 yards this season. Although Jackson is a starting receiver on the depth chart, he has been used less this season than second-year receiver Adam Humphries, who has emerged as a good possession threat and will surely get more balls thrown his way now that Jackson is out.
It’s fair to wonder whether this is the end of the road for Jackson, whose production has declined every year he’s been in Tampa. Jackson has had a very good career, with 540 catches for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns, but 34-year-old receivers with bad knees don’t have a great track record of making it in the NFL, and that’s what Jackson will be next year.