Buccaneers to Place Cornerback on Injured Reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reeling after a surprising 20-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a hobbled secondary played a big part in the upset. Apparently, the Bucs will be well short of full strength for at least four weeks. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport announced Tuesday that defensive back Logan Ryan will undergo surgery to repair a fracture in his foot that should lead to a stint on injured reserve. Ryan injured his foot in the team's Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, so the timing of the surgery seems peculiar. The Bucs must have hoped he might recover with rest and rehab, but he must have not progressed as initially expected. He'll now miss games against the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks at the very least.

Ryan had proven a valuable offseason addition in the early portion of the season for the Bucs, allowing a 60.8 passer rating on throws in his direction across 150 defensive snaps. He also earned a strong 75.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. His unavailability should mean increased playing time for cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting. Ryan entered the league as the New England Patriots' 83rd overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. He won a pair of Super Bowls with the team in 2014 and 2016 before moving on to the Tennessee Titans in 2017 and then the New York Giants in 2020. He has nabbed 19 interceptions and broken up 97 passes across 144 total appearances.

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