A scary moment early on this morning in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training camp practice, as first round pick and former Pitt defensive lineman Calijah Kancey was going through a drill in which he was going around a tackling dummy, when he went to the ground holding his right calf.
Kancey attempted to take a few steps but immediately went down before the Buccaneers’ medical staff carted him off to the team’s facility.
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Tampa Bay head coach Todd Bowles spoke to media following practice and told them that it is a calf strain and that Kancey will undergo an MRI to see if there is further damage.
The former Pitt All-American has been a standout early on in camp for Tampa Bay and has gotten a ton of praise from the veterans on the team.
Kancey played for the Panthers for three seasons from 2020-22 and recorded 91 tackles (52 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
He finished the 2022 season with 31 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 total sacks in 11 games playing as an interior defensive lineman. He ranked fourth in the ACC with 1.32 tackles for loss per game and tied for fourth overall in total tackles for loss. Kancey also ranked seventh in the ACC with .68 sacks per game and tied for third in total sacks.