That's because he is still not anywhere close to being able to play football again after sustaining a serious neck and shoulder injury in a November game against the San Diego Chargers. Black was hospitalized after a collision with running back Ryan Mathews damaged a nerve.
Black is slated to undergo surgery at the end of the month to accelerate growth and repair of the nerve.
Because of that, Black's future with the Bucs is in doubt. While the injury is not believed to be career-threatening, it may keep Black out of football for sometime. There is not expected time for his recovery and Black is still in the early stages of that process.
With no more guaranteed money left on his contract, the Bucs could release Black if he is unable to play and not owe him anything except for $1 million in injury protection pay, according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times.
Obviously, we wish Black well and hope that he makes it back after such a scary injury, but his future in Tampa Bay is very murky at the current moment.
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