The Buccaneers won’t have defensive end Adrian Clayborn in the lineup again this season.
The team announced that they have placed Clayborn on injured reserve with a biceps injury. Clayborn wasn’t on the injury report this week, so it’s a good bet that he suffered the injury on Thursday.
It’s the second time in the last three years that Clayborn has wound up on injured reserve and he’ll head into free agency this offseason — the Bucs declined to exercise their option for next season — without the chance to make a case for a multiyear deal.
The fallout for the Buccaneers isn’t great, either. Michael Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury that could keep him out against the Rams this week and force the Bucs to turn to backups at both defensive end spots. Scott Solomon was re-signed on Friday and joins William Gholston, Larry English, Da’Quan Bowers and Jacquies Smith as possible fill-ins.