How did Bruce Arians rip his Achilles? Buccaneers coach faces painful playoff injury
The Buccaneers roster is pretty banged up. This includes Bruce Arians.
While Tampa Bay is going through several injuries, the team’s head coach is not immune to the same unfortunate fate: Arians is currently suffering from a leg injury. Luckily, that didn’t completely keep him out.
Viewers who tuned into the Buccaneers noticed Arians walking with a noticeable limp, which includes an ice pack strapped to the back of one of his legs. That’s because he’s dealing with a partially torn Achilles tendon.
Here’s how it happened:
How did Bruce Arians rip his Achilles?
While some head coaches in the past have suffered injuries with 250-pound NFL players ramming into them along the sideline, Arians has injured himself in a much different way: trying to keep in shape.
In early December, Arians revealed he struggled to walk due to an inflamed Achilles tendon in his right leg, an injury he sustained while running so he wouldn’t lose weight.
The Bucs head coach was seen practicing on a scooter to avoid his injured leg in early December. At the time, Arians said he would be in a walking boot for a month.
At the start of the new year, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Arians’ Achilles was about 50% torn, and if it completely ruptures, he will need to undergo surgery, an outcome he is looking to to avoid.
If the diseased tendon tears immediately, it will need immediate surgery. He is expected to undergo surgery after the Buccaneers season is over if the tendon resists.
During the Buccaneers’ playoff game against the Eagles, Arians was seen with an ice pack stuck to the back of his injured leg, but remained standing.
If the Buccaneers advance — and the Arians completely rupture their Achilles — then that will be something to keep an eye on for the rest of the playoffs.