Thursday night was full of bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the Buccaneers lost their game against the Baltimore Ravens, they also lost a key defensive player.
During their Thursday night game, Shaq Barrett suffered an injury.
The injury turns out to be a serious one for the Bucs defensive star.
So what happened to Barrett and how are NFL fans reacting to this injury news?
Barrett Suffers Season-Ending Injury
Skip Bayless brought up how Barrett is “gone for the season” after suffering an Achilles injury.
Now it appears Shaq Barrett is gone for the season. Finally time for me to concede the Bucs will miss the playoffs? Now on @undisputed
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 28, 2022
With their defensive leader out, the Bucs aren’t in an ideal position.
However, the reactions over the injury show heartbreak from Bucs fans.
Shaq Barrett… Hate to see it! Godspeed recovery!
— Eugene Chang (@eu8enechan8) October 28, 2022
While it was painful for them to lose their defensive anchor, fans gave him “get well soon” wishes.
Get well soon, Shaq.
— Joseph Clark (@JoeJ_Clark) October 28, 2022
Other fans know how the Bucs are now in trouble without Barrett around.
Shaq Barrett out for the season.
The Bucs are in serious trouble.
Well, serious NFL trouble.
— Cassandra. (@CassandraFuture) October 28, 2022
Even the Buccaneers head coach knows how losing Barrett is a serious blow, as his injury now “makes it harder” for other players on their defense.
Thoughts on Shaq Barrett being out for the year and who will replace him ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/skHBfUvZz2
— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 28, 2022
With this type of player out for the season, it alters the Bucs defense.
A once reliable defense is now without its biggest star.
This is a major blow, especially with the Bucs offense having issues scoring in some games.
While they got 22 points on Thursday night, they usually average under 20 points per game.
If the defense can’t hold off opponents, it means trouble for the entire team.
That’s why the Barrett injury is so hard on fans and the Buccaneers as a team.