After coming all the way back from a scary neck injury that cost him all of his rookie season, Kansas City Chiefs LB Cameron Sheffield has been hit by the injury bug again. This time it was a lower leg injury that knocked him off the field.
With just over 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed the ball off tackle to the left. Sheffield, playing on the opposite side, pushed aside Bucs TE Nathan Overbay who looked like he was trying to go for a cut block.
As Overbay landed on the ground, his leg seemed to inadvertently whip Sheffield’s left shin/ankle causing it to buckle.
The young linebacker writhed in pain shortly on the field before making it to the sidelines without causing a stoppage of play. He was replaced in the lineup by rookie Justin Houston. Getting snaps seemingly earlier than he anticipated, the third-round pick was impressive both on the rush and in coverage.
Sheffield returned to the field at the start of the second half and didn’t seem to be limited much by the injury. During the second play from scrimmage, Sheffield smoothly dropped into coverage to help setup a Justin Cole sack. He followed that with solid pressure off the edge to help force a three-and-out.