- Bruce Arians is coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a partially ruptured achilles.
- He was shown on the sideline during Sunday’s Wild Card game and appeared to be in pain.
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Don’t tell that Bruce Arians that he can’t be on the sideline. The 69-year-old head coach of the Buccaneers coached Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game with a partially ruptured achilles tendon and looked to be in a lot of pain. That didn’t stop him from getting the dub.
In early December, Arians was seen at practice in Tampa Bay with a boot around his ankle, using a scooter to help him get around. He told the media that after a December 5th win over the Falcons, he suffered an injury to his achilles while running to stay in shape.
Bruce Arians’ Achilles injury is significant enough he’s getting around with a scooter when he’s not in golf cart at practice. pic.twitter.com/qnyDuPLCq8
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2021
Later in the season, prior to Week 17, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that it was partially ruptured. Arians aggravated the injury in Week 16 and has to keep a close watch.
As of right now, it is only a partial tear and surgery can wait until the offseason. However, should it fully rupture at any point in time, it would require immediate surgery.
During Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Arians was clearly in pain. During the third quarter, the broadcast cut to the Bucs head coach on the sideline and showed him walking around with a bag of ice strapped to his leg.
Arians was all iced up to try and help relieve some of the pain. But he was clearly uncomfortable as he walked very gingerly.
Take a look:
Tampa Bay won the game in a blowout, and there is no way that Arians will miss a game unless absolutely necessary. But is there not another option to help wit the pain? It seems like he could have just worn a walking boot.