Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Cody Grimm was carted off the field against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday with an apparent ankle injury.
The St. Petersburg Times’ Stephen Holder now reports that Grimm has a broken fibula and is out for the season.
Grimm was a seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft and was initially a long shot to make the team. However, Tanard Jackson’s suspension opened the door for Grimm to start.
At the beginning, quarterbacks picked on him. He looked awful against the Pittsburgh Steelers as Charlie Batch threw the ball deep at will.
However, he settled in after that, recording two interceptions in back-to-back weeks. He also has 57 tackles on the year.
Grimm’s likely replacement is Sabby Piscitelli, who recorded 66 tackles and two interceptions in 16 games in 2009, comparable to Grimm’s 2010 total amassed in just 11 games.
The Buccaneers host the devision-leading Atlanta Falcons Sunday at 4:15 p.m. EDT.