Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Carmen Vitali
The biggest thing around the building yesterday was of course the injuries to both Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy. Head Coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that both have torn ACLs, which is just as tough of a blow as you can get. Not only do the two both play middle linebacker, they suffered the injuries in back-to-back quarters of the game. Coach Koetter called Alexander the ‘heart and soul’ of the Bucs’ defense and he couldn’t be more right. Whether it’s practice or a game, you can always see number 58 bouncing around, slapping guys helmets, making noise or talking to guys on the sidelines. You may think Alexander is all over the field during the game, but he’s all over the building, too. He was voted captain for a reason. The team was emotional following the injury, both on the field and in the locker room. As soon as he went down, his teammates formed a circle on the field and were all holding each other. Some took a knee. The whole stadium was dead silent. Coach Koetter revealed that Alexander had just come out of the training room before the team was due back on the field for the second half. He had the chance to address his teammates, and Coach Koetter said it was very emotional. I can only imagine.
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