A.Q. Shipley may have suffered career-ending injury

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Late in Monday night’s game between the Rams and the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay center A.Q. Shipley was out and guard Ryan Jensen had moved back to his original position of center. The broadcast didn’t mention an injury, although it seemed obvious that something had happened.

After the game, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians downplayed Shipley’s injury.

“He just had a stinger,” Arians said at the time. “It looks like he’s going to be OK.”

On Wednesday night, Arians had a more dire assessment.

“A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury,” Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all-time and was playing good for us. But I think it was a previous injury that might have just got aggravated in his neck.”

Arians had intended to use Shipley at center and Jensen at guard until the return of guard Ali Marpet from a concussion. Those plans apparently will be changing, unless Marpet can return for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.

The Buccaneers didn’t practice on Wednesday. The team estimated that Marpet would have fully participated in practice.

11 responses to “A.Q. Shipley may have suffered career-ending injury

  1. That is too bad and it must be hard for a player to go when he thinks he still has a lot of play left in him and does not leave under his own terms.

  2. “Play like its your last play”! Hopefully this man can make a recovery to enjoy the rest of his life. If true. Look at Alex Smith.

  3. That’s quite a stinger. If it was the spinal cord injury, then he’d be wise to seriously consider his future. I had one of those “stingers” and was temporarily paralyzed during a snowboarding accident. I’ve been skiing and snowboarding my whole life but I will never hit the slopes again. Not worth it.

  4. And this is one of the reasons I support players in contract negotiations. Any play can be their last. In fact, I am surprised more spinal injuries don’t occur. Wish this young man only the best.

  5. “And this is one of the reasons I support players in contract negotiations. Any play can be their last”

    They can be maimed on every play, or the team cut cut them at anytime. I agree, the players should squeeze every penny they can out of the old billionaires.

  6. You mean Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Hall of Famer, the pride of Moon Township PA, Allan Quay Shipley?

    He has had an amazing ride, grinding out 11 years as a 7th rounder. He’s a favorite of Arians, been with him on four teams. Really hope this isn’t the end for AQ.

  7. Sad to hear. If he does have a spinal injury I hope it doesn’t affect his quality of life post NFL.

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