Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back, but primarily kick returner, Jeff Demps has had surgery on his groin. Demps wasn’t around during training camp spending his summer competing in track and field. His first practice with the team was September 11th.
“Could he (play)?” head coach Greg Schiano said at the time, via ESPN. “Well anyone could put on shoulder pads on and come out. But that wouldn’t be prudent. The guy hasn’t played football in, I don’t know how long. Over a year maybe, or close to a year. We get those two weeks where he is a roster exemption, that will be good for him, to get him back into the flow, and then we have to make some decisions.”
They ultimately decided to keep him around. This season he has carried the ball one time for 14 yards. He caught 3 passes for 21 yards. He has returned 4 kick-offs for 93 yards.
It is unclear how much time the surgery will cause him to miss. You can bet that this will be used as an example of why training camp is so important, no matter how much you work out.
KR Jeff Demps had surgery today on his groin, coach Schiano said.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 17, 2013