The Buccaneers roster is pretty banged up. That includes Bruce Arians.
While Tampa Bay is going through several injuries, the team’s head coach isn’t protected from the same unfortunate fate: Arians is currently dealing with a leg injury. Fortunately, that hasn’t kept him on the sidelines entirely.
Viewers who have tuned in to the Buccaneers have noted that Arians has been walking with a noticeable limp, which includes an ice pack strapped to the back of one of his legs. That’s because he’s dealing with a partially torn Achilles tendon.
This is how it happened:
How did Bruce Arians tear his Achilles?
While some head coaches in the past have suffered injuries from 250-pound NFL players hitting them on the sideline, Arians got hurt in a much different way: while trying to stay in shape.
In early December, Arians revealed that he had difficulty walking due to a swollen Achilles tendon in his right leg, an injury he sustained while running to keep from gaining weight.
The Bucs head coach was seen driving around practice on a scooter to avoid his injured leg in early December. At the time, Arians said he would wear a walking boot for a month.
At the start of the new year, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Arians’ Achilles tendon is 50 percent torn, and if it tears completely, he’ll have to undergo surgery, an outcome he’s looking to avoid.
If the diseased tendon tears right away, you will need surgery right away. He is expected to have surgery after the conclusion of the Buccaneers’ season if the tendon remains.
In the Buccaneers’ playoff matchup against the Eagles, Arians was seen with an ice pack taped to the back of his injured leg, but he remained on his feet.
If the Buccaneers advance, and Arians completely tears his Achilles tendon, then he’ll be something to watch for the rest of the playoffs.